Colorful Balloons Were Flying High For Colombia’s 14th Annual Solar Balloon Festival

What better way to ring in the last day of 2014 and embark on a new year than with arts, culture, and gigantic balloons? In Envidago, Colombia they celebrated their 14th Solar Balloon Festival on December 31st, 2014. The organizers selected a theme of Mexican History and culture and the participants delivered impressive balloons to represent it. Some of the figures that could be seen flying high in the Colombian sky were novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, a massive Alebrije, a 60ft Quetzalcoatl, a gigantic sea turtle and lizard, and some skulls and La Catrina, and monarch butterflies.

Age of Omuktlans: Mexican Influenced Art

El Curiot Mexican Art 7

With the heavy influence of Mexican art evident in the work of the artist Curiot, it’s surprising to know that he grew up in the States and only began to experience art “south of the border” a decade ago. Now his works are filled with Day of the Dead references, tibal symbols, geometric designs and figures eluding to myth and legend. The now Mexico City based painter and street artist recently sold out his first US based solo show at FFDG in San Francisco’s Mission district, where he displayed 11 new works in his captivating style.

Our Exquisite Corpse: Beaded Skulls from Mexico

These sculptures are unique in being both joyously colored and surprisingly macabre. Coming from the country know for celebrating the Day of the Dead, each skull is created by the Huichol people of Western Mexico. Each is made of cast resin and meticulously covered in thousands of tiny beads. The intricate patterns originate from the Huichol peoples traditional art and culture in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Star Wars Depicted with Traditional Mexican Art

Mis Nopales Art brings us a new representation of arguably the most loved saga of our time: Star Wars. Living in California, José Pulido makes prints of pop culture icons in a traditional Mexican style reminiscent of Dia de Los Muertos.

For many more examples or to purchase prints, visit his Etsy shop.