This emotionally charged black and white lithograph is filled with complete and partial images of figures that appear to swirl in chaos, bursting with furious energy. Suggesting a sinister narrative, the masks, skulls, disembodied heads, figures running, falling and clothed and naked are caught in a hellish drama. Romero’s powerful expressionism is rooted in his Mexican heritage, creating images from his mythology, people, religion and history.
Painter, muralist and poster designer, Alejandro Romero was born in Tabasco, Mexico, and has lived in Chicago since 1976. In addition to his paintings, he is known for the many murals he produced in Chicago and Mexico City, and for the numerous commissioned posters he has designed for concerts, festivals and art events.
Romero’s works are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, and the Museum of Latin American Art, Washington, D.C.
Gift of John Pitman Weber, 2002