60. La Zapoteca

Every weekday, a group of Zapotec women bring goods to sell from their mountain villages to a courtyard of a Spanish language school in the center of the city of Oaxaca. On a February morning, I met this woman carrying a crate of fresh blackberries atop her head. She pushes a metal hand-truck along the cobbled sidewalk, and despite the uneven pavement, the berry basket does not waver. She’s traveled from the mountain village of Cuajimoloyas, about 60km northeast of the city.


The clarity of Oaxaca’s light makes for bold colors, deep shadows, and strong contrasts between light and dark. The street that runs left to right ahead of the woman is awash in morning light – a river of white light. Yet the cobbles of Calle Porfirio Diaz – the same cobbles as the street ahead – are veined in the gray-green stone typical of Oaxaca. Were it not for the shiny cars parked along the street, this image could well have taken place 50 – or 150 – years ago.


This piece belongs to my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds from the sale of this piece are donated to a suitable nonprofit. For this piece, I will donate funds to DiscNW‘s Youth Development Fund, which provides scholarships and program support for youth ultimate in the Greater Seattle area.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Aquarelle Rag Paper, 310gm
  • Dimensions 16″ x 20″, mounted on white backing board, single white matte, 20″ x 24″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$150
  • Status Available, inquiries email contact@onehundredpaintings.art

~ by Delfino on 2021/01/21.

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