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Paula Nicho Cúmez 
Nuestra Madre Tierra  / Our Mother Earth 

Oil on canvas - 24 x 32 in. 
2010

High in the Altiplano, a small indigenous village nestles in the bosom of Mother Earth, who embraces the surrounding volcanoes. Corn, the staff of life, is flourishing. Native birds, many of them depicted in the patterns of traditional weaving, enliven the scene. The Earth, and everything in it, is sacred to the Maya.

This artist, the most prominent woman painter in Guatemala, began her career as a weaver.