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Angel Rodríguez-Díaz
The Protagonist of an Endless Story
1993
oil
72 x 57 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in part through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquistion Program



In this dramatic portrait, Rodríguez-Díaz has captured the dynamism and confidence of Chicana author Sandra Cisneros, one of this country's premier Latina writers. Dressed in a sequined black Mexican skirt, she stands against a sky set ablaze by the setting sun. The artist, who moved from Puerto Rico to San Antonio via New York, has chosen a large canvas and low viewpoint to give heroic stature to his subject.



En este dramático retrato, Rodríguez-Díaz ha captado el dinamismo y la confianza de la autora chicana Sandra Cisneros, una de las primeras escritoras latinas del país. De pie, con una falda mexicana negra de lentejuelas, su figura se recorta contra un cielo encendido por el sol poniente. El artista, que se trasladó de Puerto Rico a San Antonio pasando por Nueva York, ha optado por un lienzo de gran tamaño y un punto de vista bajo para dar estatura heroica a su modelo.