El Baile del Venado (The Deer Dance)
Medium:Digital Art Print
Digital print of a man bending over, holding an instrument with a red belt and bandana. He wears a deer head on his head. Background has a scorpion, cactuses and an eagle or hawk shadow in the sun.
Javier Salazar Rojas, known by the artist name Deported Artist, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and brought to Oakland,California as a baby. He was raised in East Oakland, too young to understand that he didn't have papers. At twenty-four, Salazaar was incarcerated for eleven years. During this time he educated himself and learned to draw. Shortly after his release, he was deported. Today, through all the hardships of his life, Salazar reflects on his struggles through his art. On this piece he reflects, "La Danza Del Venado is originally from the states of Sonora and Sinaloa and are from the Yaqui and Mayo culture. How beautiful Mexico is and all its traditions!"