This week we have the Brian M. Viveros with us. Some of you will recognize his work from the extremely popular line of products currently being sold in Tilly’s stores around the world. Viveros’ paintings feature mesmerizing portraits of women represented in his signature style.
Dead Deco: Brian, we are honored to have such a passionate artist with us today. How did you first learn about the Day of the Dead?
Brian M. Viveros: Well, I learned about it early on from my grandma, parents and my Hispanic upbringing. It’s actually the day I was born. I am a true Day of the Dead baby. I always knew about it as a kid, but I didn’t really get into it until my later years. When I started painting is when I started reliving my childhood more and using elements [of the] culture that surrounded me. It’s funny how that works. It was a big creative awakening for me when I painted my first Dia De Los Muertos style painting, VIVA LA MUERTE from 2008, [which] has now become one of my most popular and recognized pieces.
DD: What is your favorite Day of the Dead tradition?
BMV: For me it’s got to be when the people dress up in these amazing costumes and make-up, but I’m also really into the detailed hand-crafted altars and spiritual shrines. There is so much work and passion that goes into some of these shrines; it’s just mind-blowing. The whole tradition to me is just awesome and plays a huge role and inspiration for life and my paintings.
DD: How does your community respond to Day of the Dead?
BMV: Riverside is pretty cool when it comes to the tradition of Day of the Dead. Every year they have a huge street party in downtown Riverside celebrating Dia De Los Muertos with a bunch of vendors selling hand crafted goods and art and music and food. It’s a real good time, and it’s also very close to my home so if I’m drunk I can just walk home. Maybe not.
DD: Do you have a particular Day of the Dead artist whose work you admire?
DD: Is there anything else about Day of the Dead that you would like to share?
BMV: Yeah, We need more Day of the Dead, how about Year of Dead!!!!!
DD: Sounds good to us. Thank you very much Brian for taking the time to chat with us and for sharing some insight into your relation to the Day of the Dead.
BMV: Thank y0u to Dead Deco for this opportunity and to all your readers, “Stay Dirty My Friends ” – Viveros