The overall positive reception of the "Starlight Zodiac" series inspired Roberto Mendoza to take its design and look a step or two further, beyond the stars... and into the heavens themselves! "Simply Divine" is an art nouveau collection of multi-cultural angels, gods, and goddesses fabulously modernized into fierce fashionistas!
Gaea (Gaia) or Mother Earth, was the great goddess of the early Greeks. She represented the fertile Earth and was worshiped as the omnipotent Universal Mother. In Greek mythology, she created the universe and gave birth to both the first race of gods, known as the Titans, and the first humans.
Yemaya is an Orisha, originally of the Yoruba religion, who has become prominent in many Afro-American and Latin religions. Africans brought Yemaya and a host of other deities, and energy forces in nature with them when they were brought to the shores of the Americas as captives. Yemaya is the mother of all living things, as well as the owner of all waters. She is the vast ocean, the essence of motherhood, a protector of children, and a goddess of magic and witches. In Cuban Santeria, she has been syncretized with Our Lady of Regla.
Artist's Personal Note:
The art deco and "paper doll" look of the "Simply Divine" series actually began months before with the creation of "The Starlight Aquarius" from "The Starlight Zodiac" series. Her face and style graced not just the stellar and the divine divas, but the ones over the rainbow as well. New dieties are constantly being added to the series, as inspiration demands and time allows.