TO MAIN ART GALLERY
The War In Central America"
Mark Vallen 1986
Pencil on paper - 22.5" x 27.5" inches
The War in Central America was originally a large
pencil drawing I created in 1986 to express my opposition
to U.S. military intervention in Central America.
That same year I published the drawing as a large
focal point in the artwork are three skeletal figures
inspired by the Dia de los Muertos drawings of the
great Mexican artist, Josť Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913),
only my skeletons represent the Escuadrones de la
Muerte (Squadrons of Death) unleashed by Reagan in
the nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua.
are clothed in U.S. supplied military uniforms that
have dollar signs as their camouflage pattern. Clutching
U.S. supplied M-16 automatic rifles in their decomposing
hands, they move threateningly towards the viewer.In
the wake of the deathly trio one can see the graveyards
of countless victims, the skyline blackened with acrid
smoke and bomb-blasts.
I released the poster a U.S. military cargo plane
had been shot down over Nicaragua, killing three U.S.
mercenaries serving as its crew. Eugene Hasenfus survived
the crash and was captured in the jungle by the Sandinistas.
The plane was on a covert U.S. operation delivering
tons of leathal weapons to the anti-Sandinista "Contra"
guerrillas, aid the U.S.
Congress had forbidden in the 1982 Boland Amendment,
and the Reagan administration denied it had been providing.