A man painting a self-portrait repeatedly.
Carlos Arias works painting and embroidery. He has live in Mexico since 1988, stops painting from 1994 to 2015 dedicated himself to embroidery. In 1998 Arias became professor at UDLAP.
The piece is one of the lattest Arias works before he stopped painting in the 90's.
He resorts to the selfportrait and uses the effect of repetion from self reflection repetion effect that occurs when one is in the middle of two mirrors. In this case, we ca only see one that is actually a canvas used to portray himself, unlike what is usually represented, each one of the Carlos is not a faithfully copy of the other. They have different postures, clothes and expresions.
In reality we are facing five Carlos Arias, the fifth one is the artist in our physical world because without him there aren't a selfportrait, he is always present even though is not in in front of the painting.
By this way the artist say that a pictorial work is always alive in the eternal possibility of been show.