EKO (H.S. de la Garza Batorski) (Mexican, b.1958). "La Bestia Soy Yo [The Beast Is Me]". Lithograph. 2009. Edition of 20. Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin. Cream wove paper. Full margins. Very fine impression. 13 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (333 x 267 mm). Sheet Size: 19 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. (486 x 384 mm). Fine condition. As the Nobel laureate poet Octavio Paz has stated, "EKO's work is much more than tearing and biting; those monsters are not dreams - they are us." Noam Chomsky, the celebrated linguist and philosopher, has defined his art as "suitably ominous." Avelina Lesper, the noted art critic, has remarked, "In EKO, eroticism is form, a language." He studied under Vlady (Vladimir Victorovich Kibalchich [Rusakov], Russian/Mexican, 1920-2005), spending endless hours studying Durer and Rembrandt. EKO is a descendant of the sadistic Countess Batori, who sought eternal life in the blood of young virgins at her castle in Csejta in the 17th Century.