“Oriental Deluge from the Perspective of El Chango Loco,” is a new exhibit coming to South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery, featuring paintings, installations and digital media projections by Ramon F. Barela. The exhibit opens Thursday, April 7 with art talks at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and a reception in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through May 14.

STC’s Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission to the all events is free and open to the public.

In his art, Barela delves into the Eastern religious mythologies of the Mayan culture. His work concerns his interpretation of the Maya World Tree and the emergence and conflict of opposing world views - Eastern and Western.

“My work is a crossroads of science and mythology,” said Barela. “I am currently investigating the World Tree of the Maya and its connotations of the ‘13 Heavens’ through the perspective of a nahual, or spirit animal called ‘El Chango Loco,’ whom I associate with myself.”

Barela earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas-Pan American. He has exhibited his art in national juried shows and participated in museum exhibitions throughout the Lone Star State, as well as in Michigan, New York and Mexico. Barela is presently an educator at Harlingen High School and an adjunct visual arts instructor at STC.

“Barela’s artwork is very spiritual, personal and emotionally powerful,” said Sofia K. Vestweber, STC Library Art Gallery Program associate. “After viewing his work, one may find themselves mystified amidst a new perspective and mindset in comprehending our existence on this planet.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.