The Day of the Dead Catrina Collection at Mi Casa Gallery includes catrinas made in Capula,
Mexico and catrinas made by the De La Cruz family and the Perez
The examples on this web page
represent only a sampling of this dynamic folk art offering. Contact
us via email or call us at 512-707-9797 if you don't see what you are looking for. Or,
stop by the gallery to see all the objects in our
A Brief History of Catrinas
Catrinas, skeletal men or women,
were the creation of Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). Posada was an
illustrator and printer who used the skeletal images or calacas to
expose the materialism and social injustices which existed in Mexico
at the turn of the 19th and into the 20th century during the
dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz.
By utilizing the traditional
"Day of the Dead" catrina figures, Posada was able to avoid
prosecution and punishment for his politically incorrect social and
Diego Rivera, world renown
muralist in the 20th century, was one of Guadalupe Posada's protégés.
Along with Jose Orozco, Rivera credits his mentor with establishing
popular arts in Mexico.
In the 1960's, an artistic coop
led by Juan Torres of Capula in the state of Michoacan began designing
and fabricating catrinas in three-dimensional forms. The Capula
catrinas are tremendously popular because of their fascinating
variety and creativity.