Maria Lionza - Original Drawing- This piece humbly tries to condense such a magical story in one symbol. I have depicted Her naked, embraced by the snake who fell in love with her and surrounded by flowers and butterflies. One of the many names She has is Queen Of Heavens – for that, she is traditionally portrayed wearing a crown as a symbol of Her royalty among Spirits, and so did I, so the piece could join traditional elements with a more contemporary design.
Maria Lionza, Caracas. She is riding a tapir & holding a female pelvis aloft. Blades & D Banhart have written songs in her honor. She still lives on the mountain of Sorte. "Santa María de la Onza Talavera del Prato de Nívar" is the full name Christians gave her. Along with Guaicaipuro & Negro Felipe, she forms a trinity. 12 October is her feast day.