Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, artist Robie Espinoza works with different mediums such as painting, printmaking, and drawing. He believes art is the form in which a culture materializes the lives of individuals and, in the process of doing so, gives form, color, and meaning to life itself. In his print La Novia, or “The Bride,” Espinoza gives viewers a bride dressed in black surrounded by seemingly random images like the parachutes, the butterfly, the hen, and the fish. One cannot help but admire the dark texture of this piece, which is meant to resemble an etching, and wonder why the bride is so somber or how the images relate to one another. The idea for this print stemmed from the gender roles and stereotypes that exist in Mexico towards the typical Mexican woman. Like the hen that must provide for her chicks, the Mexican woman is regarded as a maternal, authoritative figure who is present in all aspects of the the culture. As for the other objects that emanate light amidst the darkness, they are symbolic of hope and opportunity. Like the early bird catching the worm, the butterfly catching the fish in this print is also a reflection of humanity in general. Like the butterfly, people are constantly searching for new opportunities in life without realizing what exactly it is they are looking for. Espinoza studied Visual Arts at la Universidad Veracruzana in Veracruz, Mexico, and his work has been showcased throughout Mexico and in the United States.