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Felipe Ujpan Mendoza
El Viajero / The Traveler


Oil on canvas - 32 x 26 in.
2007


This ragged produce vendor is making himself an evening meal of tortillas and two small birds. His face catches the firelight, and the flowers above his head, echoed by the rim of his ancient straw hat, suggest a halo.

Like so many indigenous men, he has had to leave his family behind in order to earn money to support them. Thus poverty splits families apart.