Toroazul Painting and Fine Arts
El Minotauro Dormido
(The Sleeping Minotaur)
(Inspired in a story by Argentinean author
Jorge Luis Borges)
36"  by 40"
oil on canvas
1998
Private Collection
The figure in this canvas is my
interpretation of  Jorge Luis Borges'  
short story, ""The House of Asterion,"
itself inspired in the age-old myth of
a minotaur (a creature half man, half
bull) , who was hidden in a maze or
labyrinth by his family because he
was regarded by them as  
"monstrous."  In Borges' s tale, the
minotaur speaks in the first person,
narrating the story of his life and
reflecting on his fate. Indeed the
minotaur is the hero of the myth.
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I see the minotaur as a symbol of
man's complex nature (spirit/body,
animal/human, etc.) and of how often
this same complexity is considered
wrong or evil by society.
The creature's unabashed nakedness
represents his vulnerability.
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