WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE NOT 21 YEARS OLD.
(portrait of Caligula, from Rome, 37-38. New haven, Yale University Art Gallery)
(acrylic on canvas, done in East Hialeah, Miami/Fla)
Doing artwork for the Death-Metal band “CALIGULA” was a great experience. Sometime in 2004 when I was residing in Hialeah I got in touch with an old friend named Christian Placeres. Chris is a great musician & a true metalhead (Caligula, Thrash or Die).
(Nizin Lopez meets the talented Christian Placeres, Death-Metal incarnate)
Chris told me he was working in this complex-time consuming project. He played all the instruments in the album, he did the vocals, the guitars, the bass, & the drums. He also said that he was going to name the band after a very raw film called “Caligula” (1979). The movie was graphic plus, I had just returned from the gladiator arena called Israel. This meant that in my mind I still had images of people walking around with weapons. Basically, I unleashed all those intense vibes on the canvas. The outcome was insane creativity.
(here we have the monster known as CALIGULA, scene from the 1979 film “Caligula” directed by Tinto Brass)
There is a main face in the painting, it is believe it or not based on “Hillary”. I did also the band symbol & the logo as well.
Incredibly enough, I also did some backing vocals at the ending of one of the tracks (Blasphemy in the Temple of Caius). My vocals were recorded believe it or not in a bathroom somewhere in Pemproke Pines.
Overall I must say that this was a really fun project, I am very proud of the work that I did for this kick ass band. I still remember to this very day Chris’ face when he saw the finished painting. His brother Cesar was there too (Cesar Placeres: Hibernus Mortis, Thrash or Die). They stared at the painting (no exageration) for aproximately 10 minutes.
For those of you who like Death Metal & have not heard this band, you should definitely get the album “Bukkake baptism”. Excellent vocals, catchy riffing, great blasts. I personally think it rocks. Any serious collector must have this album.
About the historical Caligula:
(bust of Emperor Caligula)
Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus is said to have been one of the most demented emperors of Rome. The bald headed man known to the world as “Caligula” [some historians say he was bald] was born on 12 A.D, he was the son of general Germanicus Caesar & Agrippina plus, he was the nephew of Emperor Tiberius. He began his reign in the year 37 when he was approximately 25 years old, it is interesting that the maniac called “Nero” was born in the same year. Caligula was a bad administrator of the empire.
For fun he amused himself pretending to be a Thracian gladiator in the games. It is said that he was involved in weird architectural projects. Two legions were created under his reign: XV Primigenia, and XXII Primigenia.
Caligula committed many atrocities, his cannibalistic lust was beyond anything imaginable. He was so insane that he proclaimed a horse “consul”. His dementia knew no boundaries, he would import statues of Greek gods to Rome and replace their heads with his own as if saying that he was God. Eventually, Rome had enough of his abstract sadistic dementia, in January 24th of the year 41 an officer stabbed him in the throat. It is interesting that Nero, who was born in the year that Caligula ascended to power, also died because of a blade that sliced his throat.
Mr Nizin Rafael Lopez would like to thank the following:
Deicide (thank you Mr Glen Benton for the opportunity you gave me), Morbid Angel (thank you guys for the opportunity you gave me; very special thanks to Mr Azagthoth [my brother] & Angela, David, Pete mi hermano, Eric, Steve, & Dieter [Trey, thank you my brother & thanks to Angela for everything]). Genitorturers (thank you Gen & thank you Mr David Vincent for the opportunity you gave me), Mercyful Fate (they need no introduction), King Diamond (the One & only), ManOwaR (the lungs of leather), Death (it was an honor for me to give that painting to Chuck’s mom), Obituary, Ozzy, Cannibal Corpse, Metal Church, Entombed, Bulldozer, Abysmal, Seven Kingdoms, Caligula, Dismember, Sanctuary, Sodom, Europe, Destruction, Dokken, Angeles del Infierno, Kreator, Scorpions, Dimmu Borgir, Savatage, Judas Priest, Primal Fear, Tierra Santa, Whitesnake, Protector, Gamma Ray, Exodus, Anacrusis, Pantera, Slayer, Suffocation, Henry Rollins, Dream Evil, Overkill, Cyst, Hallow’s Eve, Autopsy, Lost Horizon, Astarte, Guns N Roses, Immolation, Heavenly, Possessed, Bolt Thrower, Alice Cooper, Insatanity, Astral Doors, Coroner, Mr Glenn Danzig, Carcass, Tim Owens, Naglfar, Celtic Frost, Nocturnus, Mayhem, Zyklon, Unleashed, Sadus, Napalm Death, Morgoth, Helloween, Annihilator, Megadeth, Hellwitch, Skid Row, Funeral Nation, Metallica, Sepultura, Demilich, Cryptopsy, Hibernus Mortis, Koroidia, Artillery, Bathory, Marduk, Billy Idol, Dark Funeral, Immortal, Broken Hope, Monstrosity, Motley Crue, Angelcorpse, Terror Organ, Abhomine, Baron Rojo, Dio, Type O Negative, Sinister, Vader, Deranged, Candlemass, Heathen, Nasty Savage, Tormentor, Fight, Yngwie Malsmsteen, Iron Maiden, Rhapsody, Dark Angel, Forbidden, Old Funeral, Thrash or Die, Wasp, Diabolic, Nevermore, Dissection, Crimson Glory, Queensryche, Trent Reznor, Layne Staley, Ramstein, Dead can Dance,..
Basically I would like to thank all those artists that throughout the years have given me what they have given me.
Nizin would also like to thank Drawing Blood Magazine, Mi World (my dear Occult shop in Hialeah), the two Cuban Art Institutes I attended, Mr Fernando Alessandri of Noni Exhibition Center, Viernes Culturales in Calle Ocho, Mr Gustav Dore, Mr H.R Giger, Mr Dan Seagrave, Mr William Blake, Mr Salvador Dali, Mr Vincent Van Gogh, Mr Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Mr Michael Whelan, Coast to Coast Am, the Hialeah John F. Kennedy Library, & the Miami Dade Public Library System. Thanks to all those who were there for me at some point in one way or another.
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