Virgin of Guadalupe, thank you for letting me coming through this dangerous sex change surgery. Now I look like a real woman.

Pablo R. “Ivette”, Mexico City
December 12, 2009

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When I went for the money to pay the expenses of my ranch, some bandits began to chase me. The had very good horses compared to my old nag. But by a miracle of the Virgin of Zapopan who put wings on my horse’s legs it ran like never before, and the bandits left behind. I thank for this miracle.

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I dedicate this retablo to Saint Francis of Assisi thanking him for saving my rooster Colorado. He came badly injured from a tough fight, and I was afraid he’d die. I’m very fond of him since he was a gift from my father.

Venustiano Peña ~ Aguascalientes, Mexico

Señor Gustavo Morales finally manage to go to a photo safari and to make photos of many lions which are his passion. He brings the present retablo to Saint Sebastian de Aparicio in gratitude for this favor.

My sister and I went to the capital to study in the university but we needed money to cover our expenses. We took advantage of our beauty and started working as dancers in a night club where the pay is very good. We thank Saint Bruno for our parents don’t know about it because they would get angry and make us return to the village.

Josefina and Raquel S. ~ Guadalajara, Jalisco

My wife used to sleep with the dogs. Thanks for she dropped this habit.

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Gabriela Campos offers this retablo to the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe for protecting and looking after her family during an assault they suffered in the state of Jalisco and from which they escaped unharmed.

Atizapan, 2018

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Dear Marina Abramovic, please give me patience to stay still and enjoy the silence. Tech me how to look into someone else’s eyes, to find myself in them and to sit up straight.

Maria Luque — Buenos Aires — January 2019

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Dear Henri Rousseau, please help me not to worry when people say I draw like a child. Give me strength to understand that representation doesn’t always need to be mimetic and that I don’t need to be in the jungle to paint wild animals.

Maria Luque — January 5, 2019 — Argentina

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Dear Kazimir Malevich, please help me trust in simple shapes. Dom’t let me overdo it by adding unnecessary details, and make me believe in the strength of primary colours.

Maria Luque — January 3, 2019 — Cordoba, Argentina

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Dear Sonia Delaunay, please help me find the strength to never be afraid of wearing colorful clothes. Don’t let me worry over other people’s opinion about my bodie and my choices.

Maria Luque, 2018

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Dear Foujita, please help me overcome the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength ad wisdom to look up and find comfort in cats and pets in genereal.

Maria Luque, November 2018

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Dear David Hockney, please transform my thoughts and help me understand that it’s never a shame to paint yet another self-portrait.

Maria Luque, 2018

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