Los Tezcatlipoca

Los Tezcatlipoca


Los Tezcatlipoca
Acrylic on Canvas – 50″ x 48″
Oliverio Balcells 2005

The wise ones of the Anahuac grouped together in the four children of Ometeotl a complete sequence starting from the formation of the cosmos up to ending with the formation of the human being. The four Tezcatlipoca contain the sequence of a formative process.

Yayauhqui Tezcatlipoca is the cosmic beginning, the origin of far-away time, dark and immeasurable, and therefore incomprehensible and mysterious. It represents the furthest era registered in the memory of man.

Tlatlauhqui Tezcatlipoca is the red one; the one who orders the universe, who makes things concrete and gives order to all that is beginning to take shape and that exists and materializes itself in the dark and infinite time, in the place of the dual essence.

Texouqui Tezcatlipoca is the blue one; represented by Ollin, that signifies all that is active. It is the symbol of constant activity that is perceived in all matter of all the components of the universe, that is present and actual in all that apparently is static in nature, given that truly in each of the cosmic particles there exists a great activity ruled by the laws of universal movement, the same that in the philosophy of the Anahuac is represented by the blue Tezcatlipoca.

Iztac Tezcatlipoca, the white one; in this one the action of its three siblings is concentrated, the force of the three is brought together so that Quetzalcoatl appears in the universal sphere. The three Tezcatlipoca with their own attributes give form to the Beautiful Snake so that it can generate life in the world and in all of the universe.

Time, space, matter and activity is brought together in the concept of Tezcatlipoca. This means that Tezcatlipoca is always regenerating itself and creating itself continually. In Tezcatlipoca two opposing actions are manifested: one that pushes all that is in the middle out, and the other that brings everything into its center. This function is contained in one of the names that Nezahualcoyotl called the generating beginning: Tloque Nahauque. It is the interaction and the balance of that which is together and that which is far apart.

—Arturo Meza (Writer and Scholar from Mexico City)

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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