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Mexican Years 1989-2009 is a FREE electronic e-artbook containing a synopsis of several e-artbooks, listed below. Click on the cover image to the right to see the synopsis. All rights reserved.
If Only is a collaboration of image and poem, between Salazar and poet Bill Pearlman. Pat MacEnulity, Ph.D., wrote, “Salazar’s paintings are stirring and original. Pearlman’s verses are the perfect complements to the images. Pearlman, the poet, captures some small suggestion in each of Salazar’s richly painted pictures and develops it into a succinct, musical quatrain that somehow evokes the feeling of the picture and yet allows the viewer his or her own experience.”
Mexican Secrets combines the painting series Estrangement by Salazar and the collaboration with poet Pearlman in Once Again…Alone. It’s more like a confessional on Salazar’s estranged relationship with his spouse, and the turbulence of that period, that result in a divorce.
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Aztec Deities attempts in “words & images” to engage the reader in more literary searches for answers to the rise and fall of the Aztec empire (1427-1521). How the conquistador Cortéz with about 1,000 troops, horses, crude weaponry, and typical armor, with great acumen conquered the vast Aztec land and extended empire and devastated their civilization. The history of the period is broadly outlined in the book. Images represent a contemporary artist’s creative exploration and representation of the period. Errata [Another source author was accidentally not mentioned in one or two portions of the text. Apology noted here. ]
Chapapote: a Mexican Elixir expostulates on how the misuse of oil has been harmful to the environment. Salazar found a way to successfully take chapapote (tar) found in Mexico and effectively use it in his paintings. He has created a distinct body of work in Mexico according to Guillermo Zajarias, CEO Aura Galeria, México, D.F. An environmentalist, Rose tells the story how the sinking of the tanker Prestige (some unattended irony in that name) off the Galician coast of Spain and the disaster that was wrought on the fishing and coastline there. Fishermen in Spain came to use the word “chapapote” as a sort of curse work to express their anger with the mishandling of the incident and the damage to their way of life.
The images, while heralding the Mexican landscape, nevertheless do not single it out. Instead the Mexican Vibrations series is a totally new way to examine Mexico, the land, and its people. It is as Carlos Fuentes said in his Introduction to the photography journal, Mexico: A HigherVision: “Everything in Mexico vibrates simultaneously, perhaps because the clouds constantly soften the harshness of the imperious Mexican elements, so none truly triumphs over the other.”
Twenty: A Magical Number with “Tonalpohalli: The Count of Fate & the Convergence” series of paintings explores Aztec mythology. Twenty is a “magical number” in Mexican mythology, important to many Central American cultures. In the Náhuatl language twenty is the number of fingers and toes on a human being and is descriptive of a whole person.
Cheri Long, freelance writer and book editor, in a review of The Chaos Trilogy, states: “[It] presents three series of his paintings whose themes have emerged from and relate to ‘Chaos Theory’ as defined by Edward N. Lorenz whom Rose quotes: ‘A butterfly, flapping it’s wings in Hong Kong, may change the tornado pattern in Texas.’ Maestro Salazar’s works cause us to see with microscopic precision, but also through the scopes of satellites. He combines all of his many resources in this series. The wings of Rose’s butterfly strokes change the tornado pattern of our souls”
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Compelling Visions: 52 A Sacred Number “Goddess Mother Earth in Green & Brown” and “Compelling Visions: ‘98” shown in this book are both due to a “compelling,” need on his part to provide public scrutiny, comment, and hopeful appreciation for his creative process and “how” he states: “I for one, and surely you, need to relate what we are about and how we feel.”
Salazar’s most recent publication San Miguel de Allende: a Magical Place tours his home there, 1989-2009; introducing for this first time, his most recent painting series, “Landscape in Action.” The e-art book is dedicated to the library, the Biblioteca Públic, its staff and volunteers. This well-known artist tourist town was voted in 2008 a United Nations World Heritage City. Foreword by Lulu Torbet: with poems by Bill Pearlman.
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