5Qs with Laura Barbosa

the work of Laura BarbosaJust about 30 days till all the fun begins and we are brimming with excitement here at Dead Deco.  This week, we have Laura Barbosa with us on 5Qs.  Laura is a gifted painter that is continuously inspired by Day of the Dead.

Dead Deco:  How did you first learn about the Day of the Dead?

Laura Barbosa:  I stumbled upon this tradition when I was browsing the web many years ago and found colorful folk art paintings depicting images of sugar skulls and mariachi bands with painted skeletons. Although I have never been to Mexico, I have always had a love for Mexican food and culture. Day of the Dead is now an obsession of mine and has turned into my favorite subject to paint.

DD:  What is your favorite Day of the Dead tradition?

LB:  For the past 2 years, I have [developed] my own tradition [of] visiting the cemetery where my loved ones are buried and decorating their graves with candles and marigolds. This is a beautiful and uplifting way to remember the good times and honor the souls of our kin. To celebrate death and to realize that it is not a sad part of life, but a furthering of our souls, makes Day of the Dead such an important holiday to me.

DD:  How does your community respond to Day of the Dead?

LB:  My community here at the Jersey Shore, is not familiar with the Day of the Dead and I am educating my neighbors and friends about this tradition.  Many are very interested to find out more. Through my travels throughout the United States is where I have encountered numerous people who honor Dia de los Muertos and who know a lot about it.

DD:  Do you have a particular Day of the Dead artist whose work you admire?

LB:  Yes, I admire the works of José Guadalupe Posada and David Lozeau.

DD:  Is there anything else about Day of the Dead that you would like to share?

LB:  As soon as I discovered Dia De Los Muertos art, I started to research the Day of the Dead holiday and it’s history. Finding out that we also celebrate this ceremony in the United States and Central America, intrigued me even more to discover more of the Calavera Culture and it lead me to artist’s who focus mainly on this subject for all their work. I knew I wanted to start painting my own signature style series of sugar skulls and calaveras. Now I am creating original work for clients who order custom paintings and I have been selling my Day of the Dead art all over the world. Recently, I have been working on new characters to start a signature style series of cute cat skeletons to honor the souls of animals. Death is not an ending to me, but rather another form of life that leads to different worlds and spiritual rebirth.

My Day of the Dead art auctions are held weekly in my eBay Store and my original Day of the Dead artworks are for immediate sale on my website, www.laurabarbosaart.com,  with free shipping to anyone who lives in the USA. The artwork is sold fast so if you have a piece you are interested in, please contact me or buy it direct and it will be shipped to you in 1 to 2 business days, varnished and ready to hang.

DD:  Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with our readers and best of luck in the future.

4 Comments

    1. We will continue to try our best not to disappoint. Your comment on our “one-off” post was very interesting. We will be sharing excerpts from it in this coming Friday posting.

      1. Lou,

        I really appreciated the effort to speak on the topic, especially in light of a few recent conversations that I’ve had with fellow “bonesmiths,” and the impending holiday. I’ll be exhibiting in Pasadena, California for DDLM this year, as there wasn’t a single local folk store in Seattle that would entertain showing my pieces for the occasion: the notion of including original calaveras by a local artist was considered an apparent violation of the necessary “exotic” qualities desired in the form, yet the majority generally opt to show their devotion to the genre by stuffing their shelves with liquid clay-injected catrinas and marked-up, low-quality nichos.

        Needless to say, it’s a contradiction I find quite fascinating, and I look forward to seeing future editorial comments on the topic from your blog. Great, great stuff.

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