Day of the Dead Calavera

Ernesto Yerena Montejano (American, b. 1987)
Sheet/image : 24 x 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Calavera is the Spanish word for "skull." In Mexico, ornately decorated two- and three-dimensional images of skulls are often displayed to celebrate the Day of the Dead holiday that occurs each year on November 1st and 2nd. Combining elements of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Roman Catholic religious traditions, the Day of the Dead holiday is a time for gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for those who have passed away. This Day of the Dead Calavera print was created by artist Ernesto Yerena Montejano. Yerena Montejano was born in El Centro, California near the US-Mexican border and takes great pride in his mixed American, Mexican and Yaqui Indian heritage. Since 2008, he has created a large body of artworks that address a broad range of social, racial and environmental justice issues. Yerena Montejano has said that he wants his art to empower people to think critically about the forces and conditions that shape our daily lives.  

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