5Qs with David Lozeau

After a full year of planning and plotting for Day of the Dead 2012, the week of celebration is finally here.  All around the world, ofrendas are being erected.  Plates are being set for loved ones, grave sights are being cleaned and decorated, and an array of other personal family traditions and commemorations are being brought together for this special day.

At Dead Deco, we have prepared special week as well.

Hasta la MuerteDead Deco:  To begin our week of celebration, we are proud to welcome world renowned Day of the Dead artist: David Lozeau.  Thank you for being with us during this exciting and busy time.  How did you first learn about the Day of the Dead holiday?

David Lozeau:  I was born and raised in the Boston area, so I didn’t hear about the Day of the Dead until I moved to Southern California in 2004. Once there, I felt an immediate affinity for the Mexican culture and started digging into their traditions. My eyes were opened to el Dia de los Muertos, an annual event that embraces death as a natural part of life and celebrates those who have passed rather than mourning them, and I related to that. An active, vibrant, colorful skeleton world was already at the heart of my artwork, so I started incorporating Dia themes into my drawings and the rest is history.

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

DL:  I enjoy the sights and smells of the altars–the old pictures, sweet breads, colorful candies, pungent flowers, and glowing candles make you stop and ponder what was important to that person. You get a snapshot of what their life was like here and can imagine how they are now in the skeleton world.

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

DL:  There are so many great events in my community that I don’t have time to go to them all. You really can’t beat a DotD celebration, with the processions, dance, food, music, and altars, for a fun night out.

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

DL:  I think the art of Sylvia Ji is really interesting. She paints beautiful, strong women with painted Dia faces and, while her style has been ripped off and replicated a million times, she’s clearly a groundbreaker.

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

DL:  A new Day of the Dead book just hit the shelves and it’s filled with a cool blend of traditional and modern Dia imagery from me and three other artists (Jeral Tidwell, AngryBlue, and Roberto Jaras Lira). Amigos de los Muertos is filled with fine black line work and looks like a Bible, so I’m really excited to finally share it with the world.

DD:  Thank you to David for sharing those personal reflections.  You can learn more about David and his work by visiting www.DavidLozeau.com and be sure to join us again on Halloween for more from this master of the calacas.

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