“I am a portrait painter who has chosen as a project to paint a number of the people who have made a positive difference in the world.
”Completely self-taught, I began building my own fantasy world from which I receive and put back into my work colors and shapes inspired by my ancestral people, the Tarascans, original inhabitants of Michoacan State, in western Mexico, where I was born, and for whom, and in their honor have named myself.
“We all are special and deserve to be accepted, loved, and respected because we are the human race. It doesn't matter where we live or came from, how we look, our intellect, or our beliefs. We all have something in common. We all want to be happy, but unfortunately since the beginning of time, the ambition, fanaticism or ignorance of some people separated us, but it is about time to overcome that. I truly believe that if we mix with other races, we can finally end discrimination.
“We are all victims of something or somebody, particularly of philosophies or ideas. These could be because of tradition, economic systems, religion or circumstances that we live in without even being asked.
“In our society we meet many people who apparently have strange appearances compared to our own culture or who live according to many ways that we don't agree with or understand. We have to be flexible and kind with these people because many of them have a hard time in succeeding because of their own condition.
In many cases the women and children are the most vulnerable. It would we very healthy if we tried to be in solidarity with them and remember that we all are human beings and only if we try to live in peace and harmony would we be happy and safe.”
- Gloria Valdes "Tarasca"
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