The Loss Of An Artist And Friend

24 Apr

When an artist dies, the art that never was is often mourned with as much grief as—if not more grief than—the individual themself. The individual, after all, was flesh and blood. It’s the art that’s immortal.” Esme Wang

Sometimes we don’t know what someone means to us until they’re gone. Filiberto Ayala had more talent in his little finger than I will ever have in my whole body. He also had more heart.

Me learning body painting from the master.
Such talent.

Fili died this week of brain cancer. I never did find out what kind. Coming from a poor, uneducated family, it probably didn’t make any difference to them. Having lost my youngest brother to a glioblastoma, it mattered to me.

He spent days painting this mural in our bathroom. I see him there everyday.
What a gift he gave me.

I had plans to visit him again on Monday. He died that morning before I could get there. When I went to pay my respects, he was laid out in a coffin in the living room with family and friends sitting outside. There was going to be an all night vigil and cremation the following day. I wish I could have stayed. I think it would have been awkward. At least that’s what I tell myself.

His art is not immortalized in museums, but on walls and in our hearts.

Fili’s Facebook page was flooded with photos, accolades, and stories. He was loved by many, an amazing, artist, son, father and friend. Go with God dear Filiberto.

DOS TORTAS

8 Responses to “The Loss Of An Artist And Friend”

  1. Michael April 24, 2022 at 1:29 pm #

    Condolences on the loss of your amigo

    Michael

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 April 24, 2022 at 1:31 pm #

      Thank you Michael. You would have liked him. We body painted together several times. He truly was a master.

      Like

  2. RudeinNewYork April 25, 2022 at 1:49 pm #

    Home in Bacalar now?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Emilie April 25, 2022 at 2:25 pm #

    So very sorry.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jack Scott April 26, 2022 at 2:54 am #

    What talent he had. So sad.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 April 26, 2022 at 7:50 am #

      Everyone who knew him loved him. Just a really lovely man.

      Like

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