infinity in solidarity, 21" x 24" oil on canvas, 2011

infinity in solidarity

infinity in solidarity was painted only 4 days after pancho ramos-stierle, the man here depicted, created this monumental gesture in support of occupy oakland as the camp at oscar grant plaza was forcibly removed for the last time. as a consequence, ramos-stierle is facing deportation, as he moved from mexico to work on his phd at uc-berkeley before quitting the program due to the realization that his work would only be used to make better bombs. he has subsequently focused on activism and human rights. i ran into pancho a month or so after painting him, and let him know about it. he was fairly blase about the painting, but suggested that he meditated in reverence of the first people, the ‘native americans’, to honor their sacrifices and love for the universe. i couldn’t agree more. read more about pancho ramos-stierle on salon.com