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I have always
been interested in the lives, myths and legends of indigenous peoples.
Their beliefs in the structure of the cosmos as well as their iconographic
symbols motivate my work. Recent work deals with, among other subjects,
the use of Sacred Mountains as symbols for the ancient cultures
and cactus as a metaphor for the people themselves. The paintings
of cosmological phenomena deal with ancient beliefs that extend
from South America to our own Southwest.
The historical and positive aspects of the Nopal
and Maguey cactus being used for food, clothing, drink, building
material and medicine are well documented as are its connections
to ancient deities but in addition they also have a dangerous and
menacing quality which I use as a parallel to the society.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Raoul attended Los
Angeles City College, UCLA and UCLA Grad School.