Sonia Romero (American, b. 1980)
DimensionsSheet : 32 1/4 x 46 in. (81.92 cm x 1.2 m)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelThe title of this print refers to a Roman Catholic devotional practice in which the physical heart of Jesus—often shown encircled by thorns, surmounted by a cross and shining with light—is contemplated as a symbol of his divine, redemptive love. Sonia Romero’s image of a tattoo-covered Chicano gangster displaying the sacred heart in his chest reminds us that Christ’s love can be found in all people and that we should not judge others by external appearances. Romero is a Los Angeles-based artist of mixed Mexican and European ancestry who draws much of the inspiration for her art from the natural and cultural environments in which she works.