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About his recent work, Humberto Batista has said, "After 40 years of making figurative, Mexican-realist paintings, I was frustrated because I was not able to go beyond expressing certain ideas. It was as if I had reached a dead end with no future. I was struggling to leave the figure and go into the abstract. After five years of fighting the figure, I finally succeeded. The result is what you see in the paintings below. I feel that it was worth the wait, and I'm happy that I now can express much more in my work.
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Recent Work

El Baile de las Sombras
47-1/4" x 39-1/4"

Grupo Familiar
47-1/4" x 39-1/4"

Las Comadres
43-1/4" x 39-1/4"

Interpolación Energética
39-1/4" x 31-1/2"

Trio Macabrón
43-1/4" x 39-1/4"

Trio de Cuatro
39-1/4" x 31-1/2"

El Brinco del Nahual
35-1/2" x 31-1/2"

Reunión Familiar
39-1/4" x 31-1/2"

Las Nahuales
43-14" x 39-1/4"

Pure Love
43-1/4" x 39-1/4"
Paintings 2007-2008
Fantasia Abstracta #2
Diptych, 70" x 79" each part
Fantasia Abstracta #13
35" x 39"
Assemblages 2007-2008  
Humberto Batista has said the following regarding his recent assemblages: "As an artist and an individual I absorb the energy from the society where I live....Many of my assemblages are isolated in boxes, lonely or happy in their sacred isolation. These assemblages declare their solitude, making angry, frightened, violent statements about religion, society, culture, personal icons and anti-icons with their faces, heads, arms, and bodies. My assemblages wear masks to protect their identity and personality as a metaphor representing the force of conformity so prevalent in my society. The mask also has a magic that protects its wearers and gives the wearer qualities beyond their normal capacities...."

Go here to see an extended statement by the artist about his assemblages, or here to see a 2006 critical essay on Batista's assemblages by cultural anthropologist, Richard Anderson.
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The Spellcaster Dancing Shaman Magic Totem

The Spellcaster
7" x 18"

Magic Totem
12" x 49"
Centaur The Sorcerer
11" x 18"
The Sorcerer
7" x 18"
Calaquita de la Soledad
14" x 39"
18" x 25"
Alma Barroca
16" x 40"
Don Juan Pajaritos
21" x 43"
El Bolas de Cristal
23" x 36"
El Guardian
14" x 51"
El Juan Charrasqueado
8" x 24"
El Muchito
13" x 34"
El Mutante
10" x 20"
El Nagual
88" x 32"
El Problema Capilar
27" x 47"
El Secreto de la Felicidad
8" x 18"
El Tres Caras
8" x 30"
Fray Calaco
5" x 17"
Happy Family
22" x 35"
La Calaca Reynalda
8" x 22"
La MadonnaTotal
20" x 46"
La Mal Mudienta
16" x 33"
La Mula Arisca
17" x 34"
La Pareja
10" x 27" and 6" x 8"
La Paz Moderna
10" x 19"
Naturaleza Muerta
11" x 17"
Pinche Diablito
8" x 17"
Pesadilla Acustica
20" x 32"
Titere Sideral
14" x 24"
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