Mexican Skull Art and Paintings
Subtleties of death and the afterlife in Mexican cultural traditions, recalled from years as an artist in Mexico.
Mexican national holiday Day of the Dead holidays (Día de los Muertos) sees gatherings of family and friends to pray for and to remember the dead. Day of the Dead skeletons in paintings brings about varied contexts of the dead. Traditions include private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, pan de Muertos, marigolds, and grave visits with favorite food and drinks.
Stories of ghost spottings at a railroad track or by a riverside are inherent in Mexican culture. A dead Charro is to Mexico what Elvis is to America. Exception: Mexican recounting of seeing ghosts is always in skeletal form or with a facial mask - not uncommon to hear stories of seeing a skeleton on a horseback riding by a riverside.
"We Are All Going The Same Direction", "Crossing Death River", “Staircase to the Afterlife”, “Three Amigos”, "Tattoo on the Bones", “Esperanza Gray”, “Night Riders”, and “Purple Waters”, all honor this Mexican phenomenon.
Ealy Mays' Mexican art gallery featuring the Mexican Dead Series, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Mexican culture, calavera, calacas, Aztec festival, Mictecacihuatl, Mexican posters & prints, and other Mexican artworks online