Weaving with painting and sculpture 

Colourful fabric was an art form among high ranking ancient Mayan people.

High ranking decolonizing Guatemalan artist David Ordonez Lacayo immerses us in a journey of learning and discovery of ancient patterns, usually glyphs, geometric shapes, plants and flowers characterized by vivid colours of every shade imaginable and covered in geometric and animal patterns.

DAVID ORDÓÑEZ-LACAYO, KATUN BUNDLE, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 50 CM. X 50 CM. 2017

His first step like that of the Mayan weavers is making the threads that will be woven together in our minds to decolonize our ideas of Eurocentric art as the unique Art History in the world.

Since the seventies David began recognizing the inner value in each Mayan textile in his artworks, until this day when he  dresses the Velasquez Meninas with Mayan textiles to invite us with that symbol of power and aristocracy to decolonize our minds of silks, brocades, velvets and learn to see symbols of great depth, such as Mayan glyphs and its multidimensional theories of time.

                  DAVID ORDÓÑEZ-LACAYO, DECOLONIZED MENINA, HAND CARVED AND PAINTED WOOD,                         45 CM. X 35 CM. X 25 CM. 2018

Penelope's weaving represents wifely virtue as well as cunning. But the Cosmic Weaver Ix Chel expresses cultural identity and artistic skill in the same way Mayan women today weave their own history and philosophy of the universe into their garments and David translates that cultural knowledge into art.

The following poetry is based on a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, but mine is straightforward to describe the artwork of David,

The magic painter drapes his goddess Ix Chel

Because she weaves life and traditions

The godlike sculptor sculpts in jade

like the ancient gods

and teaches everyone to recall the Mayan love of stone

David sculpts in jade, granite and breccia with the strength of the Stone School of Sculpture directed by another sculptor of contemporary ancient deities, Pedro Canivell. I urge David to continue educating us to think about the majesty of Mayan knowledge that is still alive but denied by its neighbours.

Ralph C. Valley

functional.art@aol.co.uk



DAVID ORDÓÑEZ-LACAYO, THREADS OF FIRE BUNDLE, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 100 CM. X 100 CM. 2018


                       GUATEMALA THE LINES OF ITS HANDS, WOOD CARVED HANDS PAINTED WITH ACRYLICS                             AND COLOURED ROPES. 80 CM. 30CM. X 30 CM. 2018


DAVID ORDOÑEZ-LACAYO, SERPENT BIRD, BRECCIA STONE, 1.18 CM. 1.29 CM. 45 CM. 2017


DAVID ORDÓÑEZ LACAYO MOCKINGBIRD, SCULPTURE IN ORANGE JADE STONE, 100 X 100 X 50 CM. 2018


© David Ordóñez-Lacayo. These artworks belong to the artist. To publish elsewhere these artworks please ask permission to davidordonezart@gmail.com