Chema González Cox 
La Huída de las Vírgenes / The Flight of the Virgins

Watercolor on paper - 12.5" x 18"

A flight of birds swoops dramatically out of the mist past Santiago Apostól, the Catholic church in Santiago Atitlán, which dates from 1571.

According to legend, as the conquistadors approached, the Tz'utuhil Maya virgins threw themselves off a cliff to escape their fate. Miraculously, they were transformed into birds.

Chema Cox is one of the very few Tz'utuhil painters who went to art school for a time.