Ana Perches.American, born in Mexico in 1955

Bedroom, Albuquerque, 1982. January, 2016. Bed

Acrylic, ink, pencil on wood. 24 in x 24 in

This painting is inspired by the Mexican folk art tradition of devotional ex-voto retablos, offerings to a saint in gratitude for a miracle. Usually executed on tin and often found in churches, shrines, or private homes.

Translation of the ex-voto text:

On September 29, 1982 in Albuqurerque New Mexico Ana Perches, a doctoral student, having prepared herself for a home birth was informed by her Midwife that the baby was in Breech position and she was taken to the Hospital where she Miraculously had a Vaginal Delivery, without C section, nor Anesthesia nor complications whatsoever. In gratitude I dedicate this Retablo to the OBGYN Doctors, to my Midwife and to the Santo Niño de Atocha.

Ana Perches, “Mars Rojo.” 2015. Acrylic on paper and wood. 33 in. x 35 in.

Ana Perches.  American, born in Mexico in 1955. Aztec Two Step. Taboo. 2015. Acrylic and ink on canvas. 24 in. x 30 in.

Feathered image: Mar Rojo . 2015. Acrylic on paper and wood. 33 in. x 35 in.

Mar Rojo means Red Sea because the sea is deep and scary, yet inviting and invigorating like the color red.


Cielito Lindo. 2015. The piñata being hoisted is hit by La Muerte who dons a fancy white outfit. Some women are victims of violence and can dream or act to help others to avoid their fate.

Mexican Hat Dance. 2015. Rhythm. The Mexican Hat Dance (Jarabe Tapatío) is the most stereotypical of all dance traditions in Mexico. Here the music takes on a bitter note referring to the 43 disappeared students in Mexico as well as the farcical steps the government takes in order to mask a cruel reality.
Ana Perches, self portrait. 2015.


The Aztec Moon Goddess, named Coyolxauhqui (KO-YOL-SHAW-KEE), becomes pregnant, smokes and wears a Nike shoe on one foot and a traditional huarache sandal on the other.
In the legend Coyolxauhqui wages war against her own pregnant mother who was fertilized by a feather while sweeping.  Coyolxauhqui convinces her brothers to fight against their mother, and then confront the baby as he is born an adult warrior, the Sun God.  The newly born Sun God throws Coyolxauhqui down the hill, dismembering her body.