Illustration for article titled Behold, the Aztec mecha and Mayan cyborgs of our Mesoamerican future

The works of Mexico City artist Raul Cruz envision a far-off future where Aztec and Mayan aesthetics mesh with yet-to-be-invented technologies.

In his Mexican futurist illustrations, the Heavy Metal artist depicts mecha guarding Teotihuacan, temples orbiting Earth, and massive robots carved out of stone. Cruz has been illustrating for three decades, so he's amassed an amazing portfolio of work.

Illustration for article titled Behold, the Aztec mecha and Mayan cyborgs of our Mesoamerican future

Segunda conquista (2005)

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Memoria del Futuro (1990)

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Recuperación Arqueológica (2008)

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Traficantes de arte (2008)

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Hallazgo (1995)

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Mitzi (1995)

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Vestigio (1991)

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Rey Maya (2010)

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Robot Hábitat (2010)

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El Llanto del Robot (1994)

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Teotihuacan (2003)

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Levedad (2009)

You can see much more of Cruz's artwork at his website (semi-NSFW, what with the occasional cybernetic nipple slip). Hat tip to Rav Gar!

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