HERBS AND ORISHAS

HERBS and ORISHAS

The Herbs and Orishas series was born out of Luzia’s life passions, where art and science meet with her sacred Afro-Brazilian traditions. Orishas are considered to be the sacred forces of nature, and each one has a consecrated plant associated with it.

Herbs and Orishas is a series of 16 acrylic paintings on canvas that are divided into four groups, according to the four elements of nature associated with the Orishas: fire, earth, water, and air.

Each element has four paintings with a specific shape for that particular element: Fire = Rectangular, Earth = Square, Water = Round, and Air = Oval.

The work is very rich, depicting both life-sized plants as well as their cellular compositions.

ROOTS OF ELEGBARA | FIRE
ROOTS OF ELEGBARA | FIRE

Acrylic on Canvas - 42 x 25 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

SNAKE PLANT OF OGUM | FIRE
SNAKE PLANT OF OGUM | FIRE

Acrylic on Canvas - 42 x 25 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

MADAGASCAR DRAGON TREE OF OXUMARÊ |
MADAGASCAR DRAGON TREE OF OXUMARÊ |

Acrylic on Canvas - 42 x 25 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

MANGO LEAF OF XANGÔ | FIRE
MANGO LEAF OF XANGÔ | FIRE

Acrylic on Canvas - 42 x 25 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

MINT OF OBALUAÊ | EARTH
MINT OF OBALUAÊ | EARTH

Acrylic on Canvas - 35 x 35 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

BOLDO OF OXOSSI | EARTH
BOLDO OF OXOSSI | EARTH

Acrylic on Canvas - 35 x 35 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON OF OSSÃE | EARTH
SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON OF OSSÃE | EARTH

Acrylic on Canvas - 35 x 35 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

BOLDO OF OBÁ | EARTH
BOLDO OF OBÁ | EARTH

Acrylic on Canvas - 35 x 35 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

WHITE ROSE OF IEMANJÁ | WATER
WHITE ROSE OF IEMANJÁ | WATER

Acrylic on Canvas - 39 in diameter | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

CORAL LILY OF OXUM | WATER
CORAL LILY OF OXUM | WATER

Acrylic on Canvas - 39 in diameter | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

LEMON GRASS OF NANÃ | WATER
LEMON GRASS OF NANÃ | WATER

Acrylic on Canvas - 39 in diameter | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

WHITE GINGER LILY OF EWA | WATER
WHITE GINGER LILY OF EWA | WATER

Acrylic on Canvas - 39 in diameter | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

GOLDEN BAMBOO OF IANSÃ | AIR
GOLDEN BAMBOO OF IANSÃ | AIR

Acrylic on Canvas 70 x 47 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

AMARILIS OF TEMPO | AIR
AMARILIS OF TEMPO | AIR

Acrylic on Canvas 70 x 47 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

BASIL OF OXALÁ | AIR
BASIL OF OXALÁ | AIR

Acrylic on Canvas 70 x 47 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda

BASIL OF IFÁ | AIR
BASIL OF IFÁ | AIR

Acrylic on Canvas 70 x 47 in | 2013 © Luz Castañeda