Paula Nicho Cúmez
El Principio de una Nueva Era / The Beginning of a New Era

Oil on canvas - 33 x 25 in. 

A woman rendered in blue and bearing patterns of Maya weaving, raises her arms in front of a Maya pyramid. December 21, 2012 marked the end of the 13th baktún (a 5,125-year cycle of history), and the beginning of the 14th baktún.

Artist's Statement:

I painted this thinking about the beginning of a new Baktún. We are happy that this date is coming, and are already making preparations for it. I painted this with a lot of excitement about the times that are coming.