Each week, we bring you the backstory of work featured in our collection, written by a member of our curatorial team. 

Flower of Life, 18 x 24 inches, mixed media on canvas, 2014

by Sara Robertson, Curator

The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” — Carl Sagan

Human beings are innately curious individuals—hard-wired to ask the question ‘Why?’, enthralled by the mysteries of our cosmos, and captivated by the secrets and puzzles of civilizations past.

In our recent gallery, renowned artist Luis “Zimad” Lamboy examines and interprets his vision of one of humanity’s age-old questions: are we alone in this universe? One look at the fantastical creatures he features in his work, and it is easy to guess that his answer to this question is “no”.

5th Demension, 30 x 48 inches, mixed media on canvas, 2015

In fact, these figures—inspired by ancient hieroglyphic imagery, with their bird heads, colorful, ambiguous bodies, and elongated, tentacle-like limbs—are Zimad’s artistic vision of what the “creators” of the universe would look like. Each figure is surrounded by animals of different species, plant life, organic shapes, and multiple spiritual and historical icons. Look closely at his works and you’ll find:

  • Buddha - a figure, who in Buddhism, was known as the first divine teacher of the religion.
  • “Om” - a symbol relevant in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism that represents an individual’s soul within, and the reality, or truth, of the vast universe.
  • Lotus Flower - present in multiple religions as a symbol of divine beauty and purity.
  • Obelisk - a pillar dating back to ancient Egypt and also used in Greek architecture. These were difficult to build and often came from one stone, showing the technological ingenuity of the people who built them.
  • Scarab beetle - a popular symbol of ancient Egypt, often worn by Pharoahs.

All Seeing, 30 x 40 inches, mixed media on canvas, 2014

Each of Zimad’s works are extremely detailed, saturated in iconography and characters that are ripe for interpretation. What’s more, Zimad’s work also incorporates images of some of the world’s most unexplained architectural phenomenon like Stonehenge, Easter Island heads, and the Great Pyramids. Each work is a different scene of the “creators”, creating our world and all of its mysteries.

So, back to that age-old question. While Zimad’s images of creators and the world’s unexplained happenings may not give an exact answer, they definitely make one think and imagine…Don’t all answers have to start with a little thinking and imagination?

Click here to see more of Zimad’s work.

Spiral, 30 x 40 inches, mixed media on canvas, 2014

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” — Arthur C. Clarke