2023, Oil on Canvas, 180 x 130 cm
Limited Edition Giclées Available
© Valeria Reyna
As humans we are hunters by nature, we are a species that seeks to dominate any other race. We are hunters and prey.
The painting is an analogy between the human and the predatory animal. Between how – ironically – the human, although he is a hunter, can also be prey, he can be hunted.
The animal heads in men and women refer to their natural predator instinct. I express that no matter how much we dress and are civilized, we do not escape our natural instincts of domination. Men and women are meant to hunt and dominate.
Something that characterizes us from other predators are our emotions and feelings. These are what make us different and unique compared to the animal kingdom, this makes us thinking beings but also much more dangerous.
Love and power are the main reasons why humans do what they do. Have you ever to think, what would happen if love or the need for power did not exist? What would motivate us to live each day?
The nightingale on the tip of the bull's horn is a reference to true love, it represents pure love and beauty. Like Oscar Wilde's poem, The Nightingale and the Rose, the nightingale represents the need for true love and the sacrifice that comes with it. Without sacrifice, love is banality.
Regarding the pomegranate, in ancient times the fruit was considered a symbol of life, of the unity of marriage and love in different cultures. It also represents the fertility and immortality of the soul.
The red roses thrown on the woman's dress symbolize love beyond death.
– Valeria Reyna
Artwork © Valeria Reyna | Photo © Valeria Reyna