Description Oshun is an Orisha, originally of the Yoruba religion, who has become prominent in many Afro-American and Latin religions. Africans brought Oshun and a host of other deities, and energy forces in nature with them when they were brought to the shores of the Americas as captives. Oshun is the force of harmony. Harmony we see as beauty, feel as love, and experience as ecstasy. She reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. In Cuban Santeria, Oshun is an Orisha of love, maternity and marriage. She has been syncretized with La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, (Our Lady of Charity), Cuba's patron saint. She is associated with the color yellow, metals gold and copper, peacock feathers, mirrors, and anything of beauty.
Roberto Mendoza, New Jersey Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Roberto Mendoza is a New Jersey based artist and author whose influences include the fantastical, the mythological and the magical. He currently lives with his husband, their dog, an occasional ghost and aspirations of grandeur. For more information on Roberto Mendoza, his art, or current literary projects, please visit his website.