Lisa Lyon, you were ahead of your time!

Indeed, Lisa Lyon was ahead of her time.  Back in the day, she was at the forefront of female bodybuilding. She was described as the “Michelangelo’s David. ”

In this painting, Lisa Lyon is both male and female, because she had to use all that was within her to cope with the challenges that she faced.

Lisa also had an MRI taken because she wanted to make sure there was not something physically wrong with her. It is at times like these, that you start to question even your own sanity.

As an artist, Lisa saw the world in a different light. She did imagine the unimaginable. She was competing in a man’s world in a field where women bodybuilding did not exist.

Sometimes, when you are in the forefront, you need to use fear and the underworld guardians to energize you.

You need to act on instinct, have tenacity, spontaneity, and use the genius of the human spirit to find the treasures and “Save the Princess” and learn to “Dance on a slippery floor.”

Text by Angelica
Painting by Eriberto Oriol

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Eriberto was Lisa Lyon’s personal assistant for some time and has GREAT exclusive photos of her. This painting is based on one of those photos.

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What does it mean to be a Genius?

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. Ralph Waldo Emerson

In today’s society full of noisy distractions, how does one find their true genius?   What prevents a person from embracing the wisdom of ancient great civilizations?

In this painting “Civilizations” the artist Eriberto Oriol seems to be embracing and celebrating the symbols of ancient civilizations that have influenced him and his art.

He seems to be projecting his influences through shape, form, color, bold lines and texture.

 His work bares influences of his father’s appreciation for the natural environment, Mesoamerica roots, love for African art and the Japanese influence that came from working as a young man with gardeners and landscapers.

It’s hard for Eriberto to try to give meaning or interpretation to his work, as he just seems to be a vessel for these inspirations. He believes that art retains a primal spirit, which allows him to go beyond himself.

He hopes that his work will help others to detect their own gleam of light? Imagine the Un-imaginable and to encourage them to see the contributions and achievements of other great civilizations.

 

Text by Angelica

Painting by Eriberto Oriol

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