Also known as Dia de los Muertos, this holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry in other areas of the world including the United States. Family and friends gather to pray for and remember lost loved ones. Every fall the South Valley in Albuquerque, NM hosts a parade to honor the dead. People dress up in beautiful costumes and paint their faces to look like the dead. These face paintings are referred to as Sugar Skulls or Calveras. Every year, we can remember and pray for them as part of this beautiful Mexican tradition that is now celebrated all over the world.
I hope to honor this beautiful tradition through my face painting. Below are some of the sugar skulls or calaveras that I have painted throughout the years.