Art of the Dead


BALDWIN PARK,CA–  It’s that spooky time of the year again, and with that comes Dia de Los Muertos and the Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit hosted by the Baldwin Park Arts and Recreation Center.

Spectator Ann Mariel Pacada discussed the importance of having the Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit. She expressed, “The art exhibit is important because it promotes a sense of cultural appreciation within our community.”

Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican celebration that honors the dead with colorful altars and festivities. The ARC is currently hosting this art exhibit to show off the talent in the community and to honor the dead with beautiful art pieces.

img_7990The exhibit featured many art pieces from paintings and scherenschnitte pictures to little sculptures beautifully decorated and even a skateboard with earrings. Most of the art pieces featured skulls, skeletons, or Frida Kahlo, an empowering female artist from Mexico.

All the pieces were very detailed and colorful. One of the sculptures, called Divine Death by Daniel Rodriguez stood out because it was a small sculpture of the Virgin Mary that was made to look like a sugar skull with detailed designs covering the face and body. Rodriguez also had a different painted sculptureimg_7954 called Lady Death which was a woman also covered in designs.

Another very beautiful piece was called Amor Eterno, which featured a gorgeous woman drawn in pencil and framed by a black frame with colorful flowers. This particular piece really captured the meaning of Dia de Los Muertos because it was vibrant and honoring to the woman that was featured. There was a recycled skateboard turned into art that featured earrings hanging from it that featured Kahlo.

Along with the art on the wall, there was also an altar that featured famous people, both of Mexican descent and American, who died img_7974recently. The altar was covered in sugar skulls, food left for the dead, and vibrant colored cloths.

A very important actor and director who was a part of the altar was Roberto Gómez Bolaños, who died in 2014. He was widely known for his characters in El Chavo Del 8, a Mexican tv show that many grew up watching in the 70’s and continue to watch now. Another actor that was a part of the altar was Paul Walker, who died in 2013.

The exhibit is opened until November 5 in the ARC, so make sure to check it out Monday-Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, which is the last display day.


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