“Muerte en Hawaii” is original day of the dead art from Hawaii. Death is shown here on vacation in an aloha shirt playing an ukulele on a sunlit beach. I like to think that he is playing that song from Ziggy Marley, “Beach in Hawaii”, while the waves keep the rhythm in the background. It’s a perfect picture of the island lifestyle and shows how the only way to live life is in the moment.
Although the original painting has SOLD there are still many print options available.
A relic that has been long forgotten sits on the ocean floor as it looks to the surface surrounded by kelp hoping to one day be found again. “Lost Tiki” is a reminder of how the ocean claims victims to all who fall below her surface.
Made with many layers of acrylic paint and then enhanced with enamel line work “Lost Tiki” measures 12″x16″ and is painted on a smooth Birch panel. It comes in custom rustic wood frame bringing the total size to 20″x22″ giving the piece a look of antiquity.
This unique Tiki Skeleton painting incorporates Day of the Dead imagery with Hawaiian Tiki culture. “Model Tiki” is a narrative of a father and son going on a joy ride into the lush jungle of Hawaii in a car they built together. This is a great piece for all tiki and car culture lovers.
The piece was made with acrylic and enamel on birch panel and measures 16″x20″.
Going for Broke is a painting made based on my experiences skateboarding. I chose to represent a skeleton skateboarding because it amplifies the vulnerability of our bodies. When I was fifteen I wrecked my left arm trying to do a noseslide and ended up having surgery where doctors installed screws into my bones to hold my elbow together. Since skateboarding is one of the earthly pleasures I would be enjoying in the afterlife this piece honors the idea of the Day of the Dead by depicting not just any skeleton skateboarding but my skeleton skateboarding. After my first broken arm I have continued to skateboard and have broken a total of nine bones. I feel this piece is very personal to who I am and sums up the passion to do what you love.
Hell or High Water is a painting that shows a Day of the Dead kraken attacking a skeleton pirate ship. Skeleton pirates scramble to stay afloat by hugging barrels of rum, holding debris, and struggle to keep treasure from sinking. Meanwhile the Kraken deploys her tentacles to crush their ship’s hull and snap its masts. This unique tall tale enhanced by eerie fog is a great piece for any ocean enthusiast, one eyed pirate, peg leg polisher, or hardcore ocean art collector!
Emiliano Zapata was one of Mexico’s most iconic Revolutionary leaders and also my Grandfather’s hero. He was a gunslinger who rode with Poncho Villa and formed the Liberation Army. Followers of Emiliano were known as “Zapatistas”. This is a portrait representing Zapata as a skeleton and depicts how he will live on through the ages in the stories that are told of him and the Mexican Revolutionaries.
Working Stiff represents the plight of the daily grind. It is a symbol of how skewed our priorities have become and how we sit for hours alive in a tomb. It is a humorous reminder of how much time we spend at work, school, or just living in our virtual world. This piece was commissioned by a friend who works extremely hard and long hours at a visual effects studio in Hollywood. Details in the painting have been personalized to his experiences.
The original painting was made with acrylic and enamel on birch and measures 18″x 24″and is placed in a custom built Mahogany frame. Although the original has sold there are still print options available.
Koa Warrior is a mash up of Day of the Dead iconography with Hawaiian culture. The skeleton is derived from the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and is represented in traditional Hawaiian war clothing.
The mushroom helmet was worn by high ranking chiefs or Ali’i who often went to battle. The cloak was also worn by Ali’i and was usually made out of local bird feathers. One of the most popular weapons of the Polynesian culture is the Leiomano which means the lei of the shark, it is a paddle made of koa wood, inset with shark teeth. The ship in the background references to the arrival of Captain Cook who the Hawaiians had mistaken for the god Lono.
This painting is made with acrylic and enamel on panel. It measures 24″x 17″ and comes in a custom built Koa frame with rope details bringing the total size to 38″x 21″
Get Rich or die Trying is a narrative painting about a pirate searching for long lost treasure. This painting is about putting it all on the line for wealth. However sometimes you don’t quite make it.
This work is painted with acrylic and enamel on stretched canvas and measures 18″ x 24″. It comes in a custom built frame of reclaimed wood that resembles the planks of a ship bringing the total size to 29″x31″.
This is a still life that references to my birthday of November 2nd which is also the Mexican holiday of The Day of the Dead. The title means “skull with marigolds” and I view this piece as a birthday shrine or cake with candle.
Craneo con Cempasuchiles is painted with acrylic and enamel on a 4″x6″ birch panel in a ornate black wooden frame, measuring 8.5″x10″ in total.
The title “Boneyard” is a term used by surfers to describe the impact zone of a wave that breaks over reef in very shallow water. It is a place where you don’t want to be caught off guard and if you are, you could easily end up a skeleton stuck to the ocean floor.
Boneyard fuses Mexican Day of the Dead iconography with Hawaiian culture and signifies the similarities these two cultures share through their geographic location and relationship with the ocean.
This painting was done with acrylic, ink, and enamel on a 15″x24″ birch panel. The frame is custom built from the endemic Koa tree of Hawaii and is embellished with brass tacks and rope details. Koa is a very hard wood and in the Hawaiian language it means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior. With the frame, the total measurements are 30″x36.5″
“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity”. The Mexoskeleton Is a character I created who represents a person who lives life free from the fear of death and instead embraces its uncertain nature as a gift. A musician through his instrument creates a beautiful sound that resonates for a moment, but is ultimately fleeting just as life is.This painting celebrates life and death while referencing to the day I was born, The Day of the Dead.
The background is comprised of architecture from the city of Guanajuato in Mexico. This city has cultural significance to my identity since it is the birthplace of my grandfather.
The painting is painted on a 18″x24″ birch panel with acrylic and enamel. The rustic frame is custom built out of wood that has been stained and distressed and is adorned with brass tack details, it was inspired by the architecture of the city of Guanajuato. With the frame, the work measures 25″x39″ in total.