Rigoberto Gonzalez is a contemporary Mexican artist who relies on some of the same techniques as Caravaggio, such as a striking realism and tenebrism.
His focus on violence (the violence of the Mexican drug trade) is also similar to Caravaggio’s focus on violence (the violence of martyrdom). We can become quite uncomfortable in front of Gonzalez’s work…they are big paintings, the figures are lifesize, and we don’t want to see what’s happening (or has happened). They allow us to understand the shock of Caravaggio’s work for his contemporary audience. They didn’t always want to see life and death as he presented it. When you visit Gonzalez’s site, view the short video “Baroque on the Border,” where the artist talks about his work.