DescriptionChichen Itza, known in Maya as ‘Mouth of the Well of the Itzas’ is a superb site. It is broken up into three distinctive groups and a visitor really needs a couple of days to fathom all there is to see. The architecture is both Puuc and Toltec in style and construction phases vary from one period to another. Most of the structures have been consolidated and are reasonably well preserved.The site of Chichen Itza is easily accessible from Merida or from Cancun and is usually packed with tourists (the best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon). For those interested, there are volumes of publications on the site in both English and Spanish.I have made some studies of several of the structures through time. The piece I have chosen to publish is called ‘El Caracol’ and it is speculated to be an observatory. It is unique in being the only round construction in Chichen Itza.
Steve Radzi, Coral Springs, Florida Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Born Stefan Radziwillowicz in Devon, England of Polish parents, is a successful television and film production illustrator with more than 20 years of experience in special event rendering, storyboard art, animation and set design.
He is a South Florida resident with a passion for illustrating Mayan archaeological sites of Central America.
On his way to Bolivia in 1975, Steve made his first visits to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. His experience prompted him to return annually to the Maya heartland with his sketchbook. All of his sketches have been drawn on location at various Maya sites and later, upon his return, these sketches have been turned into colorful inked illustrations.