Performance / Acrylic and mixed media on fabric

on an ancestral astronomical frame - 146 x 146 cm

A R E T É - Lanzarote


Sol calima, the orb at dawn, is the sun that, at sunrise, rests on the ridge of the Volcano temple during the winter solstice.

It sits static in a hollow in the top of the burnt caldera of Vegueta, perfectly aligned with the remains of an altar inside the volcano.

This astronomical event marks the changing seasons, like a solar calendar, the volcano's marker notes the times of harvest or sowing.

This work filled that space during its creation, in the same place where the sun rises each year, fighting against the morning wind, it was created with the same calima colours of the sunrise it portrays.

The volcano temple, has a pre-Hispanic solar calendar carved into its ridge. Despite the lack of academic information and the passivity of the institutions to study and conserve this heritage, it is empirical to observe that the earthworks and cuts made on the volcano's crest were man-made and are similar in shape and orientation to those present on other sacred mountains on the island of Lanzarote, the mountain of Guenia and the burnt caldera of Órzola.

Photo Jorge de La Cruz


A traditional astronomical observatory is a man-made structure that, by means of soil excavation, creates landmarks on the horizon that allow observers to track the movement of the stars. In this case, a clear cut in the ridge, an opening of approximately 2.5 x 2.5 metres, is oriented at sunrise on the winter solstice if we place the observation point from a monolith on the other side of the crater or from what appears to be the remains of an ancient altar on the inner northern slope, almost at the bottom of the volcano. It should be noted that the cuts in the ridge are perfectly parallel to this solstitial axis.


These astronomical sanctuaries are witnesses to a solar cult that happened on the island. They are the remains of an ancestral observatory, a ceremonial centre where it was necessary to mark certain astronomical events such as the winter solstice. This is the moment when the sun aligns perfectly with the "door" facing southwest.

Villa agua, ARETÉ

The painting at the ridge


Winter Solstice, 146 x 146 cm,

Acrylic and mixed media on treated

canvas on an ancestral solar frame.


Sonsoles Masiá: Madrid, 1991, graduated in Architecture and Fine Arts with a special interest in archeology, astronomy, and traditional observatories. She looks for optimal moments and places for the observation and production of her abstract pieces. She thus finds her inspiration in archaic rites, based on the connection of primary elements of nature and the universe through creative performance sessions.

The artist creates her work in ancestral sanctuaries or during astronomical events. With the intention of scrutinizing how certain places or the movement of celestial bodies influence our essence as human beings and her artistic productivity as a creator. She values the true meaning of the traditions that we follow today and their primary connection with nature.

Photo: @rosannesteeneken at the atelier.