Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.
All of them are queer people of color.
“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.
The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.
He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.
And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.
He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”
Throughout the centuries doves have appeared as symbols in numerous religious and secular settings but may be best known for its wide use in Christianity. Renaissance artists utilized doves primarily in religious artwork to depict the third element of the trinity, the Holy Spirit. Shown above the figures in the painting, wings spread and often in a burst of light gives the dove an ethereal appearance, indicating its religious significance.
Okay this is gonna start off weird, but hear me out:
Night at the Museum Samifer AU.
Lucifer is a statue in the religious artworks exhibit of an art museum, and Sam is the new night watchman who hasn’t been told about the tablet that brings everything and everyone to life at night.
Sam is running around, freaked out by everything but doing everything he can to keep his wits about him.
Meanwhile, Lucifer wakes up in the locked ancient artifact section. He hears a lot of noise from elsewhere, but he’s not sure what the deal is. He sits up from his slumped position against a slab of stone with carvings on it. The tablet is new to the museum so he is still terribly unused to being able to move every night. Other things shy away from him—the religious figures out of a mutual understanding and the others out of fear. He is the fallen angel Lucifer, after all.
Kali causes a disruption in the room with Indian artifacts, and the main door is unlocked. The noise calms down after a few minutes. The sound of shoes strolling past the Christian exhibit stops and backtracks (with hesitation, as far as Lucifer can tell). A head pokes in the doorway and Lucifer finds himself staring. The man looks around in wonder at the exhibit, and while everything else in the room ignores the newcomer, Lucifer can’t help but stare. ‘He’s beautiful,’ Lucifer reasons. ‘Father truly did create some extraordinary things out of the human species.’
Sam accidentally makes eye contact with the fallen angel. And wow. He was supposed to be a wax re-creation of an old European statue, but…he looked so real. They part ways without saying a word to each other, though.
The next night, Lucifer waits patiently for Sam to return.
And Lucifer makes an assessment; ‘male, Caucasian, 21st century clothing, currently in America…English should work just fine.’
Roman Statuette of Men, The Anatolian Moon God, 2nd Century AD
Men was a god worshipped in the western interior parts of ancient
Anatolia. The roots of the Men cult may go back to Mesopotamia in the
fourth millennium BC. Ancient writers describe Men as a local god of the
COMMISSION! ($75) A regular at my twitch channel commissioned me with painting Jesus on a Wrath and I was very excited to take it on. I think we have more religious and renaissance era artwork on the slate as well. Stay tuned!
final artwork images for my FYP! im super happy im able to use these drawings again (with some changes here and there)
they’re based on religious/pop-culture/indigenous artwork found on jeepneys
(and also contains references to me/my childhood and my grandfather), using mostly colours found on the flag of the Philippines!