“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.
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.
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.
“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 on 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 the place where my grandfather is from.
The painting is 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 original work measures 25″x39″ total.