This website is devoted to a display of silk screen prints, copied from rubbings of Maya Stone Sculpture that adorned many Maya temples, and engraved stone slabs called stelae, found in ancient Maya cities. Use the links at the top of this page to navigate to the principal pages of the website.
I use "rubbings" of low-relief Maya sculpture as patterns to make silk screens, from which prints are made by a process called "silk screen printing" (for a detailed description of the process see the Silk Screen Prints page). Many of the original rubbings are six to twelve feet or more in length and width. To make the prints shown here, digital images of some of the very large rubbings were reduced to a smaller, more manageable size. The resulting silk screen prints are made in brilliant gold, on dark cloth (black, navy blue, burgundy, dark green, etc) using a clear ink mixed with finely powdered bronze. Several examples are shown in the photographs above. Photographs of all prints, together with information about the locations of the engravings and the sizes of the prints, can be accessed through the Gallery of Prints page.
The Maya were an advanced society that flourished in Mesoamerica, centuries before the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century. They were skilled architects, building great cities of stone that remain even a thousand years after their civilization fell into decline. They built pyramids, temples, palaces, walls, residences and more, without the use of advanced technologies, and they often decorated their buildings with intricate stone carvings, stucco statues and painted murals, showing gods, kings, warriors, and other figures.
The Maya Empire, centered in the tropical lowlands of central America that now includes Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico and Belize, flourished from before the time of Christ, and reached the peak of its power and influence between the sixth and tenth centuries A.D. The Maya excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing, calendar-making and mathematics, and left behind an astonishing amount of impressive architecture and symbolic artwork. The Maya civilization produced magnificent temples and pyramids without the use of advanced technologies. They also perfected the Mesoamerican "long-count" calendar into the most complex and accurate measurements of lunar, stellar and solar events ever seen. They created an advanced system of writing and mathematics, which all combined to knit together the spiritual and political fabric of their society. The stone sculpture and engravings created by the ancient Maya were all made in relatively soft stone, such as limestone, using wooden mallets with stone tools such as flint and basalt. Maya art saw its greatest flowering during the Classic Period (ca. 200 to 900 AD), and went through an extended Postclassic phase before the arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century put an end to the Maya artistic tradition. Most of the great stone cities of the Maya were abandoned by about 900 AD. Considering the impressive remains of the ancient Maya civilization, historians and scientists have been hard pressed to explain how such a society could collapse. Recent studies suggest that warfare between Maya cites, together with prolonged droughts and deforestation might have been important factors.
Copies of my Maya prints are available for sale (see How to Order).
word “Maya” as noun and adjective describes the people and their culture,
“Mayan” is the language
(citation: Manolo Romero – Belize.com Editor).