La Matadora


Inspired by Christina Sanchez, a female matador who battled in and out of the ring by collecting 316 ears and fighting sexism in the male-dominated world of bullfighting, this painting depicts a bloody, beautiful world where pageantry and performance eclipse the constant threat of death.

Painting Process
The canvas was created with a variety of warm red, orange, and yellow acrylics to add a sense of atmosphere and then detailed with cooler shades and abstract forms to hint at spectators in the arena. The underpainting was created with gouache and the detail work on the bull and torera were created with a custom-mixed reddish-brown enamel.

As with the other two pieces in this matador triptych (El Picador and Matador de Toros), David constructed, aged, and stained a wood frame to complement the style, color, and tone of the painting and mimic the form of an old bullfighting playbill.

Paper Prints
The 8 x 10 and 12 x 18 La Matadora prints are produced with archival ink on glossy paper and are perfect for those of you who prefer to frame your art.

Canvas Prints
The ready-to-hang La Matadora canvas prints are produced with archival ink on museum-grade, gallery-wrapped canvas and extend 1.25 inches off the wall, so there's no need for a frame. There are several sizes available and each limited-edition giclee is signed and numbered out of only 40 Artist Proofs. Please allow up to three weeks for delivery of canvas prints, as they are custom-built at the time the order is placed.