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    and artist David Flores has designed the winning can! Flores' design will hit shelves this October in the following locations: Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Chicago, as well as parts of Northern California.
     
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    To celebrate Día De Los Muertos and the Latino art community, Red Bull invited Southern California artists to submit designs for a concept called Red Bull Latagráfica- the Calavera Edition. Artists were challenged to draw inspiration from the Mexican holiday and submit original artwork, with the top design to be immortalized on two million 12 oz. cans slated to hit shelves this October. East Los Angeles’ native and current Long Beach resident David Flores has been announced as the winning artist.

    The Red Bull Latagráfica concept gives an artist the opportunity to expand their portfolio and put their work in front of millions of consumers. Flores’ design will virtually turn supermarket aisles and convenience store cases into mini art galleries in cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Chicago as well as parts of Northern California.

    Día de Los Muertos is a Mexican tradition where friends and family gather to celebrate and honor the lives of those close to them who have passed away. Outside of the inspiration Flores received from some of his favorite artists including Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and Salvador Dali, his Día de los Muertos design was mostly an homage to the flower and sugar skull-adorned alters of the tradition. “I wondered what life would show me after death and this is what came to me,” said Flores. But besides his favorite artists and the calavera traditions, Flores had a more personal connection to the subject matter, having lost his mother last year.

    “One person I would want to share this moment with is my mother,” he said. “I wish she were here to see this moment and have her be very proud of me. To me, Día De Los Muertos means celebrating and remembering my loved ones that have passed, to remember the beauty of their lives- it’s about their souls, which I feel are around me and are in my thoughts on that day.”
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    David Flores Barrera is an East LA native and self-taught worker of Acrylic-on-Canvas and Paper Mache. With his roots in surrealism, Flores’ goal when creating a piece of art is to bring his subject to life with the power of color rather than form. While he garnered some formal education with a mish mash of classes in high school and college, most of his practice seems to be attributed to his hard nosed hustle and ambition -on top of spending his free time drawing and painting he’d seek out and enter competitions and contests as often as he could.

    Outside of the inspiration he got from some of his favorite artists including Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera and Salvador Dali, Flores’ Dia de los Muertos design was mostly an homage to the flower and sugar skull-adorned alters of the tradition, “I wondered what life would show me after death and this is what came to me.”
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  • OCTOBER:

    Plaza de la Raza 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration
    Saturday, October 20, 2012 :: 7pm-2am
    3540 North Mission Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90031
    3rd Annual Día de los Muertos Cultural Festival at Rose Hills Memorial Park
    Sunday, October 28, 2012 :: 11am- 5:30pm
    3888 Workman Mill Road
    Whittier, CA 90601
    Free event

    NOVEMBER:

    ELAC Día de los Muertos Celebration
    Thursday, November 1, 2012 :: 10am-3pm
    1301 Cezar Chavez Ave
    Monterey Park, CA 91754
    Día De Los Muertos
    Thursday, November 01, 2012 :: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
    5151 State University Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90032
    U-SU Plaza
    Call the Cross Cultural Centers at (323) 343-5001 for more information.
    El Velorio
    Friday, November 2, 2012 :: 9pm-2am
    KGB Studios- 1640 North Spring St
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Facebook Event
    Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos
    Friday, November 2, 2012 :: 4pm-11pm
    Grand Park 210 Grand Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Free Event
    Facebook Event
    Recuerdos Que Nunca Mueren (Memories That Never Die)
    Self Help Graphics & Art 39th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration
    Friday, November 2, 2012 :: 5pm-11pm
    1300 East 1st St
    Boyle Heights, CA 90033
    Facebook Event
    Plaza de Mexico Día de los Muertos Celebration
    Saturday, November 3, 2012
    Sunday, November 4, 2012
    3100 E. Imperial Hwy
    Lynwood, CA 90262
    Red Bull Music Academy Panamérika Presenta Escenario
    Wednesday, November 28, 2012
    Henry Fonda Theatre
    TBA
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