Mexican Consulate Of San Francisco

After a disaster or accident a petitioner, grateful for a miracle received, dedicates an Ex-Voto, a small painting with a short testimonial to his patron Saint. This concept of asking for favors and using art as payment and propaganda for received graces dates back to pre-historical times. Often, at the bottom section, there is a written testimony of how the miracle occurred. The devotee commissions the retablo from a specialized artist called milagrero (miracle maker). Francisco Larios’ prize-winning work comprises 24 urban life images created with three-dimensional modeling software. The artist develops characters and environments, inserting figures of saints; a postmodern version of the ex-voto, those religious offerings (given in gratitude for intercessions received) that believers deposit in churches. Larios Osuna refers to contemporary socio-political realities, to bourgeois life, to contradictory social values, and to the role of religion in society. Mónica Kupfer, Art Nexu