‘Pale Horse Lucha: The Art of Lucha Libre’ Solo Exhibit explores the uniquely human condition of existential conflict and challenges traditional perceptions of creative expression by bringing ideas to life through a diverse array of artistic mediums.
Presented through the lens of the century-old Mexican tradition of Lucha Libre and drawing inspiration from world mythology, Eastern religions and science fiction novels, this series examines the timeless concepts of good and evil, life and death, and the journey into the afterlife as they collide with the supernatural elements of time travel, psychic abilities and alternate dimensions to spawn a mystical universe.
Within each of us, there is a hero waiting to emerge, but we are often held captive by our own fear, pain and self-doubt. Look inside, find your greatest ambition, invoke the courage to break the spell and conquer the dark forces keeping you from fulfilling your true potential.
Renata Calavera summons the light within, breaking free of Serpentico’s spell and joining Oráculo in battle.
Pale Horse Lucha 'Renata Calavera' - Original character design concept.
Mask and costume exectued by Lince Dorado.
Portrait and reference photography by Todd Bates.
...Oráculo then presented her with a luchador mask bearing the face of a skull. “When your enemies see your face, they will know that death has come for them,” Oráculo said. Renata tearfully thanked Oráculo for believing in her, assured him that he’d saved her life and swore to someday return the favor. Now reborn as Renata Calavera, she left Mexico City on a mission to destroy the Owl Witch and avenge the death of her family.
As the mystical, skull-faced tecnico 'Renata Calavera' rushed down the staircase to join her mentor in the tag team battle, this video was projected above the ring as DJ Tecnico spun her entrance music.
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Explore these links below to dive deeper into the project & illustration series as the mythology continues. Video is coming soon!
Pale Horse Lucha: Dedicated Website, created by Adam Kuhn