Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. Though related, the two annual events differ greatly in traditions and style. Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief. The Day of the Dead activities occur over two days and has lots of colors. Sure, the theme is death, but the idea is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members.
In towns and cities throughout Mexico, people demonstrate makeup and costumes, they hold parades and parties, sing and dance, and most importantly make offerings to deceased loved ones.
The artwork you see here today is from a local artist named Veronica Tenorio, she was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to Reading, PA at age 6.
For as long as she can remember she has had an interest in art and started entering art contests in grade school. For the past two years, she has been working from her studio at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.
She works with different media including oils on canvas, makeup, and face painting. She doesn’t have a preference, she loves getting creative and that is partly why she enjoys Halloween and the day of the dead and she feels it’s an opportunity to get really creative with her looks and also recognize the important holiday to her heritage.
Rosa Julia Parra
Photography done by Golden Light Photography