A legacy of art hidden in the Mayan ruins
July 23, 2020
' Javier López Pastrana

by Virtosu Art Gallery

July 23, 2020

A legacy of art hidden in the Mayan ruins

Who has not ever wondered about the mysteries that keep the pyramids of ancient cultures around the planet? Buildings built by ancient civilizations divided into space and time, their communication between each other practically impossible. The similarities between them are impressive. However, it is possible to see some small difference in their proportions, for example, those of Egypt are flat, and those of Mexico are staggered.

Buildings built by ancient civilizations
And this an aspect of digging about, why would construct this with different patterns? I didn't know there was plenty of information on one side of the world. Investigating a bit on the issue of construction proportions, it turns out that in Mexico, the Mayan culture based its construction on a pattern found in nature, yes ... in nature, this pattern is embodied in the skin of a rattlesnake that inhabits the Yucatan region of Mexico. The pattern forms a quadratic vertex called "CANAMAYTE," and the Mayans from that Mexico region used it as a template for the construction of various arts such as architecture, sculpture, astronomies, and textiles, and ceramics.

And that is one of the most important differences between Mayan pyramids and the rest of the world. This was discovered by Yucatecan archaeologist and journalist José Díaz Bolio and wrote several books about it since 1955. This is directly in contrast to European adoption of "Golden Ratio," also named golden proportion, golden number, or golden section, for adoption in mathematics, architecture, art, music, and European fine arts. Here could be the aesthetic difference between the European and Mesoamerican proportions where we notice the same constructions but visible differences. The most exciting thing is that both proportions come from nature.

European and Mesoamerican proportions
Regarding art, nowadays, there is an artistic proposal in Mexico to retake the Mayan sacred pattern of the rattlesnake used in the pyramids so that it can be applied again to the fine arts in our day. The promoter of this movement is the Mexican plastic artist Javier López Pastrana. He founded a new style called NeoCrotalic Art, in 2003, where "Neo" stands for new and Crotalic from "Crotalus" that stands for rattlesnake in the Latin language.

' Javier López Pastrana
Ceyba by Javier Lopez Pastrana
His proposal to incorporate the "Canamayte" rules of proportions on fine arts nowadays opens a new world to explore for new forms and techniques that were not available in the past. Some examples have made by the artist in most of his artwork using oil and resin on canvas. The result is impressive and beautiful that can bring us joy and transmit the vivid world of colors of ancient cultures that disappeared without leaving a written trace.

An additional detail to consider is that not only rules of proportions are placed on the NeoCrotalic art, but also themes and expressions for different topics. They address social issues such as migration, the nuclear explosion in Chernobyl, even more, specialized topics such as DNA and RNA, trees of life, Genesis, etc.

' Javier López Pastrana
El Arbol Armonico by Javier Lopez Pastrana
This trend can give Mexican art a new position in the world again, refreshing a new cycle of Renaissance ethyl of our days. Don't believe me, just watch it!

More about this art at https://www.neocrotalic.com/gallery

About author Javier Lopez Aguilar is the founder and CEO of Astor Warehouse SA de CV Creator of international brands in consumer electronics, Schönes Bauen Founder, Ecommerce Builder, and consultant, Retail expert, International trade, and Logistics for real. Entrepreneur, Mexican, Curious about things and life. Vertical of Being: Be and work: beautiful, different, and intelligent. Share things for a good living. Happiness sometimes is about things that can't be purchased with money. Travel a lot, Love Family, friends, video games, guitar, and dominoes. Pearl Jam and a huge grunge fan.

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