Las 4 eras

Las 4 eras


Las 4 Eras (The Four Eras)
Acrylic on Canvas – 50″ x 48″
Oliverio Balcells 2005

In México we have only one civilization, with many different cultures in time and space. But they are all united under one philosophical/cultural matrix, like a hand has five fingers different from one another but all belonging to the same hand.

The history of the Anahuac civilization begins approximately in 6000 B.C., with the invention of corn and the agriculture, ending with the arrival of the Spanish in 1519 A.D. Seven and a half millennium of human and cultural development, without the intervention of another civilization. We are one of the six oldest civilizations with autonomous origin in the world.

This large period is divided in three parts. The formative period or Pre-Classic (6000 B.C. –200 A.D.) when the representative culture was the Olmec. The second called the Classic Period or the one of splendor, (200 B.C. to 850 A.D.) of which the representative culture was the Toltec and finally the Postclassic period or the decadent, (850-1519 A.D.), was represented by the Aztec culture.
—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