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Mary Magdalene: Ineffable Beauty by Dacxilia de Zavaleta

Art by Dacxilia de Zavaleta, Mary Magdalene: Ineffable Beauty
Art by Dacxilia de Zavaleta, Mary Magdalene: Ineffable Beauty, Acrylic on canvas, 11" x 14", 2023

In this mysterious image, the Magdalene observes us with her green eye, keeping her other eye concealed, and preserving her answers for those who meet her in worlds apart from our present reality. Dacxilia tells us about her painting Mary Magdalene: Ineffable Beauty, part of the exhibition Blossoming, on view July 18-22 at El Barrio Art Space Gallery and culminating in The Mary Magdalene Celebration:

"This artwork has been the product of a contemplation of the being-woman-soul of Mary Magdalene, the faithful, believing and empowered in spirit and truth.

What does it tell us even today? She speaks to us in every gesture and word treasured in time.

A human, she was not only a messenger, but also an example of the creative power that renews, transforms and strengthens.

This tribute is for a woman who has been the reason for studies and discoveries through the ages. Mary Magdalene, for me a timeless being, symbol of love, personal transformation and new beginnings, who after a life far from being the best for a woman of her time is rediscovered and strengthened by accepting the supreme-divine power over her life, being for all those who seek a redirection of life, an example of motivation and character, of will and dedication for their ideals and dreams.

She managed to come out of the darkness and be light; she managed to sow and reap; she managed to be reborn and flourish. Even so, she will always be rediscovered because the ineffable beauty of her spirit and soul have been an inexhaustible gift for humanity and especially for us her sisters, and this tells us: You too can be transformed and reborn, you just have to trust in your creativity and have will."

About the artist

Dacxilia de Zavaleta, is a writer of poetry and short fiction, painter, book editor and academic from El Salvador. She has exhibited her artistic work collectively in El Salvador and Michigan, USA. Among her most outstanding artistic work are the series Music Make Painting (2021), Currents & Labyrinths (2020) and Landscapes in Quarantine (2020). She has written poetry books Confesiones (New York, 2022), Equinoccio (El Salvador, 2019) and Sentimientos en sílabas (El Salvador, 2018), author, compiler and publisher of the book El arte y yo en tiempos de pandemia en El Salvador (2021). You can learn more in


This artwork is part of the collective art exhibition dedicated to Mary Magdalene titled Blossoming, July 18-22 in El Barrio Art Space Art Gallery, with a reception on July 22, 2023, during The Mary Magdalene Celebration.


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