Rostro Propio

Rostro Propio


Rostro Propio, Corazón Verdadero
(Your Own Face and True Heart)
Acrylic on Canvas – 24″ x 40″
Oliverio Balcells 2005

Your Own Face and True Heart, to be a proper person. Miguel L. Portilla

Mexicans have spent the last five centuries negating our Mother Culture and trying ot convert ourselves in something that we will never be. The basis of education in ancient Mexico was to “form your own face and a true heart.”

The future of those Mexicans who we don’t want to die in the alienation of our minds and spirits, we encounter in the past. Only with your own face and not limited. Only with a true heart and not lost.
—Guillermo Marin (Writer and Scholar from Oaxaca)

“Xochipilli, the prince of the flowers, emerges like the rebirth of our race, shining his own face and presenting his true heart. This offers the opportunity of a profound encounter with himself. “
—Oliverio Balcells

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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