Sugar Skull Art and The Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Eve. The festivities start at midnight on the 31st of October. Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased as it’s believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. Following are some excellent examples of Sugar Skull art.

“El Dia De Los Muertos Skeleton Lovers”  by Monika Suska

“Sugar Skull Art” by Brian Pulido

“Sugar Skull Owl” Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Niklas Bates

“Boy and Girl Sugar Skulls” by Lil Mrs. Frankenstein

“Music Lover” Tattoo Design

“Sugar Skull Art” by João Mendes

“Candied Skull” by Arise Chicken

“Burning Desire” by Daniel Esparza 

“Two of Hearts” by Melody Smith
“Bottoms Up” by Day of the Dead Artist David Lozeau

This last piece isn’t what most would typically think of as “Sugar Skull Art” but I think it’s one of the most beautiful examples of ANY skull art I’ve ever seen.

‘Strange Charm(Swans)’ by Tino Rodriguez

 

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