ROBERTO MONTENEGRO
 1885 – 1968

THE MINOTAUR IN HIS LABYRINTH

Montenegro was a muralist, a painter and a graphic artist. He referred to himself as a “subrealist.”  Many of his early paintings had elements of fantasy, but his later works were entirely surrealistic, often with literary references. In this 1967 oil painting on canvas, El Minotauro en su Laberinto, the head of a red bull rests in the window of a theatrical setting made up of sturdy walls. The blood moon (symbolic of change) shines full with an illuminating halo around it. A red cape and sword lie on the blood-red ground. A labyrinth icon is displayed on one wall.