Alvaro painted a work called, “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth.” A few months ago I asked him what he meant by it and he explained it to me:
I created what I thought would make a good visual about where we (the U.S.) might be headed if low-information voters continued to vote with their feelings, and not with their brains. Here, the color red (which is overwhelming the American flag and its other colors) represents the political color communist countries like to use: Red Flag, Red Army, Red Scare, Red State (not our red states—something I disagree with and haven’t accepted as representing me) and so on. The word, “Ignorance,” in child block letters represents the naivety and immaturity (to put it mildly) of far too many voters, which is (and should be) unacceptable considering the consequences. The blocks behind the letters are recessed in a dark space/hole and devoid of light (painted in black). They are representative of “being in the dark”—another reference to ignorance.
He then explained how this is often misinterpreted:
The strongest response over the years to this piece has come from the left (they like it); they believe it represents our red states, who they obviously think of as simpletons.
And this misinterpretation has actually cost him work. He explained to me that he had been in touch with a progressive art gallery owner about “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth” and that gallery owner initially was interested in the piece and him as an artist. The gallery owner sent him a response ranting about religious extremism, racism and intolerance, and how the Founding Fathers wouldn’t have approved of how the Second Amendment is currently interpreted. The gallery owner then asked Alvaro what the painting meant to him. Alvaro explained and the gallery owner no longer wanted him.
But Alvaro has plugged along. He has a showing of his artwork scheduled for December in Atlanta. More of his artwork is available at his website (www.studioartservices.com).