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I dedicate this exvoto to Saint Marta for the great talent of Vincent van Gogh. His beautiful colorful paintings made him one of the main exponents of post-impressionism and greatly influenced the XX century art.

Gabriel, Mexico

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With the present retablo, I thank the Holy Virgin of Guadalupe for Frida Kahlo’s tenacity and will to live. In spite of her illness and physical pain that troubled her all her life, she had courage and talent to express her feelings through her art which remains valid till our days.

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I wholeheartedly dedicate this exvoto to Saint Hedwig because after saving for a long time I finally managed to fulfill my dream to go to Spain to visit the Prado Museum and to see the work of the brilliant Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens whom I admire so much for being one of the greatest in the history of art.

Raul H., Mexico

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I dedicate this retablo to the Lord of Miracles for the great talent of the Italian Michelangelo Buonarroti. He is considered one of the greatest artist in history, for his sculptures and paintings, and before all for the marvelous work he did in Sistine Chapel.

Manuel R., Mexico

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I dedicate this exvoto to Saint Philip Neri for the work of Francisco Goya. He was a genius who used his brash to comment on injustices of his times. His works have inspired many people after his death.

Alberto Suarez, Mexico

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I dedicate this retablo to Saint Francis de Sales for the talent of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. His most famous work “The Scream”, as many other his works, brings to perfection such topics as anxiety and depression, and it made him a great representative of the XX century art.

Roberto Lopez, Mexico

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I dedicate this retablo to the Holy Lord of Chalma for the talent of great Mexican engraver artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. This prominent artist is known for his drawings full of social criticism and costumbrism with Mexican features. He’s also famous for his skeletons and La Catrina.

Eduardo L., Mexico

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I thank the Virgin of Talpa for giving me the opportunity of studying her retablos and for it was possible, thanks to the generous support of many people, to publish this book about her. I ask God for his intercession and to always look after the priests of Talpa, holy fathers Estrada Sting, Enrique Flores and Salazar Gonzalez, as well as Martha Becerra, don Francisco Arias and mr. Ernesto Valdez.

Prof. Elin Luque Agraz, Mexico City, May 10, 2015

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I dedicate the present exvoto to Saint Catherine of Bologna for the brilliant Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. He was a distinguished sculptor, inventor, architect, engineer, urbanist and much more, but, before all, I admire him for his paintings such as the worldwide famous “La Gioconda”.

Pablo R., Mexico

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I thank Saint John of God for the talent and compassion of David de Leon and six other plastic artists who painted together a mural “The heroes also cry” in Acapulco as a message of solidarity with the doctors, nurses and all the healthcare personnel during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The survivors, 2020

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I give infinite thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe for the creativity and artistic talent of the Mexican people. They can find beauty even in this tragic moment when the country is fighting against COVID-19, and these embroidered masks show it.

Gerald Dilley, New York

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— It’s work…
— The most important thing is work…

This work is a redux of an ex-voto painted almost 10 years ago. The original text reads «To the ghost of Andy Warhol and the attitude of Lou Reed. Keep me on the straight and narrow path of hard work. As Alan Davie wrote to me [in 1997] “Magic (in art) comes from lots of hard work—No easy way!” 25th March 2007». The original work resides in Wellington, N.Z. in the Sweetman collection. The work is also important nod to the album “Songs for Drella” by Reed and John Cale, a huge influence.

Matthew Couper, Nov 3rd, MMXVI

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Rufiano Tamarzo, known as Warhol of Bondojito, thanks all these critics who said awesome things about my vanguard art which neither I understand—Raquel Ti-Bone, Avellana Lester, Carloss Bla-bla Nice gay, O. M. Dadiva and Gerardo Annoyed.

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