SPIRITUAL ABSTRACTIONS 1997 - 2007 Why did I move from Chicano/Murals to Abstract? In 1988 at the height of the Los Angeles graffiti explosion I went to Prison, and there I found more than enough time to read, study and explore art history. During that time I published a limited edition book called "Zender, Expressions, a prison art journal" (soon to be re-done). I also fell in love with the works of Durer, Andrew Wyeth, and many others. Upon my release in 1991 I had a solo exhibition at Homeland in Long Beach titled"The Grey Planet" where I created a large body of work reflecting on my prison experiences (most of these works were sold or given away, in fact very few works were even photographed). In many of my prison pieces I included the subject of Spirituality, a change of heart and a fascination with God. In 1996 I found my self back in Jail and once again with a desire to read and meditate on art and the bible, this time I was fascinated by the work of Roberto Matta, which led me to the work of Kandinsky and later Gorky, whose work I considered very much spiritual, thus my journey to bring the spiritual into an art form began.