Day of the Dead Art
My Day of the Dead art pieces are amongst my most popular works of art. Colorful, psychedelic, and dancing with intricate designs, these skull drawings embody the mystery and energy of our earthly existence, and tap into the question of what's beyond.
Day of the Dead, called Día de Muertos in Spanish, is a Mexican holiday that falls on November 1 and 2 of each year. On the Day of the Dead, the boundaries between life and death begin to blur. Men, women and children of all ages honor and celebrate their loved ones who have passed away, participating joyously in a festival that has roots nearly 4000 years old. The holiday has spread in recent years from Mexico to America and beyond. It is now celebrated by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and countless others, spawning a colorful and distinctive artistic tradition that continues to inspire.
Sugar skulls, called calaveras de azúcar in Spanish, are among the holiday's most iconic symbols, and are sold everywhere on the days and weeks leading up to Day of the Dead. Market stalls are lined with rows and rows of colorful skulls, created from sugar and decorated with multi-colored icing, shiny foil, sequins and glitter. The nearby image features real sugar skulls I created one year to celebrate the holiday.
In 2005 I created my first sugar skull artwork, and I've continued to adapt these three-dimensional sugary sculptures into two-dimensional paintings and drawings, which you can see below. Keeping with the true spirit of Day of the Dead, my sugar skulls are not meant to be creepy, morbid or scary. Rather, they are cheerful, grinning reminders that we should embrace life and enjoy our earthly existence while we can.
All three books are unique, so you won't find any overlapping art amongst them! My Sugar Skull Coloring Pages are digital, which means they can be downloaded instantly and printed from home! My Sugar Skulls Coloring Book and Day of the Dead Coloring Book are published books available online (via the links below) and in brick-and-mortar stores.