“Luz-Maria Lopez, a Honduran-born artist, has made her home in Louisiana for most of her life. After working for many years and raising a family, she went back to school and, at age 51, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University at Hammond, Louisiana. Her works are mixed media, primarily figurative in nature, and inspired by Latin American culture and the Mayan influence in her native country. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows nationally, including at the Meadows Museum at Centenary College, LA; Alexandria Museum of Art, LA; Imperial Calcasieu Museum, LA.; Museum of Latin American Art, CA; Mobile Museum of Art, AL.; Hunter Museum of American Art, TN.
After developing her talent and displaying her work, Lopez garnered praise from many, including noted art critic F. Lennox Campello, who describes her pieces as “rich with narrative interest and intelligent composition.” To create her pieces, which are collected both nationally and internationally, Lopez draws from her past, incorporating her background, culture, interests, and history, resulting in meaningful works.
Lopez was commissioned by Southeastern Louisiana University to design and execute a series of panels depicting the various creation myths of the native peoples of the Americas. Her work was also selected for a project hosted by Griffith University in Queensland, Australia and has been featured in exhibits in the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Masur Museum of Art, and the Hunter Museum of American Art, among others.”
Inscription on the back reads as follows: "There were twin borthers named Hunahpu and Xalanque. They were semi-gods, and played a ball game against the Gods of the Underworld. The brothers foolishly won the game. The gods became so angry that lost the game, they burned the twins and threw their ashes into a river. This allowed the brothers to turn into fishes. After a few days as fish, they rose from the river and began to transform from fish to men. After a time as men, one twin became the sun and the other twin became the moon."
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