Artist: Andrés Silva Vignoli
Title: Die Rache des Xtuntun Kinil
Material: Watercolour and Pencil on Paper
Dimensions: 76cm x 56cm
A Mayan legend narrates the story of how the resplendent quetzal got its feathers and was chosen as king of the birds. When the birds gathered together to elect a king, the male quetzal asked the roadrunner to lend him its colorful feathers and promised to share power if he was elected. The roadrunner accepted, but the Quetzal soon forgot his promise, leaving the roadrunner with his patchy and irregular plumage. This piece plays with this elements of the traditional Mayan story and a well-known 20th century cartoon which depicts the antagonistic relationship of a roadrunner and an infamous coyote.