La Invencion del maiz

La Invencion del Maiz


La Invención del Maíz (The Invention of Corn)
Acrylic on Canvas – 50″ x 48″
Oliverio Balcells 2005

The invention of corn might be one of the major achievements of the preclassic period. From a wild grass, the Old Grandparents produced the splendid corn plant, a food staple of the civilization.

Corn is a herbaceous anual grain related to grasses. This plant has suffered great transformations, given that it was originally a grass, and is now called Teozintle.

That transformation has brought forth a great variety of breeds which are differentiated by their height, that varies from 2-4 meters, and also by the shape and size of the ear, its color, and texture, etc. There are studies that conclude, from archeological and paleobotanical finds, that in the Valley of Tehuacan, in the south of Mexico, corn was cultivated 4,600 years ago.
—Guillermo Marín (Writer and Scholar from Oaxaca)

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Toltecayotl Collection

This work preserves and expresses the most important historical and philosophical legacy, in essence and structure, of the civilization of the Anahuac.

With respect, honor, appreciation and love I dedicate this work as a recognition to the inheritance deposited in the DNA of every one of the Mexicans. Still it is dormant, waiting for us to summon it up in order to return to having our own face and a true heart.
—Oliverio Balcells.

A grouping of the creations of the Toltec culture

“The knowledge, practices and wisdom related to the universal search to transcend our existence in this material world, are known as Toltecayotl.”
—Guillermo Marin

“The Toltecayotl, essence of being Toltec, was sustained with the philosophy of the duality and came to represent for the posterity that which is most elevated inasmuch as the constant search of the loftiness in knowledge and in the human arts, to become a Toltec, to become what is Toltec, a concept that was born with those sedentary villages that by living at the edge of the rivers, lagoons and streams where the tula plants abound, they managed to evolve until they converted their name into a synonym of perfection, that which is described in the posterity designated to the artists that have Toltec hands, and to those wise men and philosophers that make their knowledge bloom like Toltecs”
—Arturo Meza