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Festival de Calaveras

Celebrate the art of Calaveras!

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, RAFFMA invites the campus and the community to sign up to decorate a Calavera. All completed Calaveras will be showcased in a virtual Festival de Calaveras exhibition, October 5 – 15 on RAFFMA’s website and social media. Calaveras will then be auctioned during Dia de los Muertos week to raise money for ALFSS student scholarships.

RAFFMA Calaveras Auction

October 30 @ Noon
October 31 @ 1:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the auction will go directly to ALFSS Student Scholarships.

Questions, please contact Miranda Canseco at miranda.canseco@csusb.edu

View 360 Festival de Calaveras Exhibition

Register for the LIVE Calaveras Auction

Watch the Spectrum News Feature

Laura Munoz

Laura Muñoz
LIVE AUCTION: 
October 30 @ Noon

View 360: La Catrina
The Catrina symbolizes the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. This symbol has become an icon since its roots began with the Aztec death goddess "Mictecacihuatl." This goddess resembles the Catrina in that it honors and protects those who have passed and symbolizes the relationship Mexicans have with death.


Rose Loya

Rose M. Loya
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: "Noshusuhaw" pronounced Ne-Shu-Wa (Butterfly)
A Native American Apache woman with black hair with butterfly decorations, colorful beads and colorful feathers on her hair with Rhinestones and glitter on her face. Added eye lashes. Native American Indians have different meanings for these butterflies- some tribes saw them as a symbol of a dream of joy, communication from a lost one. Colors of the butterflies- many tribes believe that the different color butterflies each carries a different meaning as well, for instance, yellow means hope, black means illness, white means good luck and so on...


Marisol Popoca

Marisol Popoca
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Darkness
This Calavera is black but still has some color and glitter to make it shine and give some brightness that we do not see when we think about death.

Jennifer Doty

Jennefer Doty Fraley
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Webs and Bubbles
latex interior house paint, nail enamel, puff paint and sharpie.


Roxanna Cervantes

Roxanna Cervantes
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Tesoro Alebrije
En la cultura Zapoteca, los Alebrijes respresentan nuestros sueños e imaginación. Ésta pieza en espacífico, pretende mostrar como una calavera dorada cubre el verdadero tesoro, una pinture tipo alebrije inspirado en el colorado y vibrante arte mexicano. Es un "Nahual," guardia y guía espiritual, según las creencias de nuestra cultura mexicana. En honor al artista creador de éste singular arte, el Oaxaqueño Pedro Linares López y a todos los artesanos Mexicanos que han hecho y continuan haciendo leyenda.


Aracely Munoz

Aracely Muñoz
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: "A Blue Awakening"
Calavera is covered in blue paint and adorned with 3 orange tissue flowers. The calavera has bright, candy-colored teeth.

Ariana Cardoso

Ariana Cardoso
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Cubiertos con el serape
The Calavera's eyes are covered with a serape pattern that represents their soul is covered and protected throughout their afterlife journey. The Calavera also represents the Loteria cards of el corazón, la luna, and el sol.


Lucy J Sunga

Lucy J. Sunga
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Growth
Skull mold covered in gloss ivory spray paint. Organic green shapes on the skull represent growth in Learning, I believe we will always be new in learning a new skill, to parent, to be patient with ourselves. Materials: spray paint, acrylic paint, epoxy


Igdanelli

Igdanelli Martinez
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Gilberto y sus Dulces
This Calavera was designed in memory of my Uncle Gilberto who passed away in December 2019. The designs on the skull such as the candy painted teeth representing his love for candy especially fruity skittles. The Flowers around the skull represent the passion he had for his flower garden.

Iker

Iker Valenzuela
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Princess Daisy 🌸
It inspired me because I've had 3 years with a Nintendo Switch 🎮 so Daisy was my favorite character, better than Peach 👑 and Rosalina 👸.


Michelle Munoz

Michelle Muñoz
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360
Creating fun patterns such as a sacred heart, roses, and nopal to showcase Mexico's vibrant & beautiful culture.


M Anabella

M. Annabella Ostorga
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Garden of Gems
Just like no two flowers are alike, and no two gems are alike, no two people are alike. This Calavera design celebrates the "odd, weird, or different." No matter your choice in hairstyle, body modifications, like tattoos or piercings, or whatever you choose, you're still beautiful, just like every gem or flower is beautiful in their own way.

Bob Chairez

Bob Chairez
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Mortality
My Calavera, done realistically represents this, We are born, live our lives and pass on. My belief is that the spirit continues on. We live on as well in the hearts and memories of those who love us.


Grace Schmidt

Grace Schmidt
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: "Key to My Heart"
A flaming heart sits on the forehead of the skull. A black keyhole in the heart is surrounded by swirling lines. Red roses and sunflowers adorn the sides. The eye sockets are deep, exposing red hearts.


Lydia Nunez

Lydia Nunez
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Running spirit
Warriors skull.

Dre Nunez

Dre Nunez
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: "enero"
dedicated to my grandparents who both past. Both were born in January. I miss them every day that goes by.


Erick Macias

Erick Macias
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: American Dream
To all the lives lost attempting to cross the border. Descansen en Paz


Alondra Martinez

Alondra Martinez
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Colorful Night & Day
Contains the sun & moon with colorful gems around the eyes & a crown full of gems.

Lorena Acosta

Lorena Acosta
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: The Garden
Beautiful, colorful garden full of flowers and an alebrije inspired bird.


Pailyn

Pailyn Padungsit
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Euphoria
My skull inspiration came from royalty with the color purple with flowers blooming like growth in life with glitter as happiness in life.


Zareth Soto

Zareth Soto
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: La Señora Cristal
Crystal Encrusted Calavera using all the colors of the rainbow. Crystals placed to create the Mexican flag and giving it a 3D effect. Face is a more traditional arrangement.

Chee Vang

Chee Vang
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Doodling
I included three Hmong embroidery designs within the skull abstract doodling. Doodling allows me to improvise and create whimsical art.


Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Cecilia "Cece"
A traditional Calavera, with many bright colors. There are also black roses and glitter accents to resemble a traditional Dia de los Muertos headdress. This piece is a great combination of traditional and abstract. Just plain fun and whimsical art. P. S. There is a hidden mickey in the flowers.


Tom Fontanes

Tom Fontanes
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: "El Guerrero"
Acrylic paint and markers. The artwork represents the life of a warrior via his spiritual and cultural experience in symbols. NAM VET ART

Ivet Peyro

Ivet Peyro
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: One Love
Colorful flowers bling out with a OneLove I.E. symbol. 1LoveIE means "1 Love in everyone" or "in everything." The name not only embodies the love and passion for the Inland Empire but it geos beyond our homeland. -Justin Hudson. Remembering my brother who passed away in 2016 Alex Peyro AKA Batman.


Daniela Flores

Daniela Flores
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Nuestra Vida despues de la Muerte
This calavera portrays how it is for people after death like the religion is still part of your life and the Korita represents where my family is from and it would still be part of our life since it represents us. The gold ould represent how life would still be bright, beautiful and glamorous.


Junice Mari

Junice Mari F. Ortega
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Sassy Skull
This skull represents a departed soul and reflects a colorful and vibrant colors which represent the soul's personality. The roses on its head symbolizes love, gratitude, and grace.

Genesis

Genesis Barajas
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Iconography of Mexico
Calavera decorated with Mexican images that bring pride to me.


Angela Geer

Angela Geer-Hughes - CSUSB MBA THBC
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Queen of Mictlán
Aztec Queen of the underworld watches over the remains of the dead and ancient festivals celebrating the dead. Like her husband, she is portrayed with a skull face & red/gold her colors are gold & red, eyes: gold sequins / gold & black disk crown.


Holly Allar

Holly Allar
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: On Gratitude
This Calavera incorporates colors, designs, and other details that honor my loved ones who have passed (but forever left their marks on my heart), as well as loved ones I'm grateful are present in my life

Thanh Hoang

Thanh Hoang
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Sol y Luna
A sun and moon, night and day themed calavera. A union of two opposite.


Nancy Nava

Nancy Nava
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: In Time
Vine represents life; the dove is the soul that has past and is taking a little of life representation. The broken heart is sad that it is leaving life's journey still feels too soon to go.


Roxana Escamilla

Roxana Escamilla
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Esperanza y Alegria
Acrylic paint, paint pe, cardstock paper flowers, and glue. I chose yellow and pink roses because they symbolize joy. It brought me joy to be able to participate in this event. I chose the name Esperanza y Algeria because Hope is something I feel we need to hold on to, especially in the times we are living. The sacred heart I painted in the back brings me a lot of hope because it is a reminder of God's love for humanity

Gissel Pulido

Gissel Pulido
LIVE AUCTION: October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Spring Revival
This Calavera was designed with the beauty of life in mind. The flowers are a reminder of how beautiful and fragile life can be and how it should always be celebrated for its beauty.


Roma

Roma Valenzuela
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 30 @ Noon

View 360: Dead But Alive!
I made my skull black with bright flowers. I did this because when we die, we eventually become part of the Earth. I remember that my mom always tells me that when she dies she wants to be cremated and then she wants to put those ashes on the roots of a baby tree.


Roberto

Roberto J Hernandez
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: El Queen
I envisioned my own desire to do drag onto this glittery piece, along with the 5 sets of lashes. I added some flowers to the back of their head because our minds blossom into something greater when we surround ourselves with art.

Blanca

Blanca Harris
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Igualdad
This Calavera represents equality, life, and earth. Frida Kahlo is an inspiration because she always stood up to be different just like this Calavera standing up for various causes.


 

Abigail Lopez
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Amor de Muerte
I wanted to capture the beauty of life after death. FLowers were on to represent that life can still grow out of death. Sunflower on the chin represents to speak light into darkness. Diamond was painted to represent that no matter what life throws at you, you'll still come out shining. Web with heart means to capture my love for my loved ones and the love I receive from others.


Angela

Angela Marquiss
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: 2020: Not Your Mama's America
Covid-19, Trump's America, BLack Lives Matter, forest fires, face masks, and the passing of "the Notorious R.B.G."... the times, they are a-changing

Autumn

Autumn Garcia
LIVE AUCTION: 
October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: La Vida es la flor para la cual el amor es la miel
Love is one of the most important you can give someone in life.


Audrey

Audrey Alvarado
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Viva Mexico!
This a calavera inspired and based by Mexico.


Carolina

Carolina Yanez- Macias
LIVE AUCTION:
 October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: The 'Sleeping' Beauty
A beautiful reminder that even if the ones that hurt us don't deserve to be forgiven that doesn't mean their memory should be forgotten

Alexander

Alexander Perilli
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: El Hombre Roto
A gold calavera with painted design and jewel adornments. Resalvaged with paper mache after an accidental drop. Some cracks remain to remind that something broken can still be beautiful.


Emily

Emily "Lee" Barrow
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: La Calavera Josefina
Rose gold calavera featuring pointilism, jewel adornments, and a large flower headress. Lovingly names after my grandmother, "Josie".


Estella

Estella Gutierrez- Zamano
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Violeta at Twilight
The pandemic has intensified everything, including my responsibilities as a mother, wife, teacher, and so much more. I have lost family members since March and have not been able to mourn properly. for all these reasons, twilight has become an important part of the day for me. It is a time that I use to stop, breathe, and be thankful. It is the time, too, when I feel most connected to loved ones who have passed on, including three major matriarchs from both sides of my family. Violeta embodies these women. She is soft, but distinct. She is primarily violet or purple (like the colors of twilight on the horizon when the sky is most dim) because this is a favorite color among the women in my family, always has been. And yet, Violeta, like these matriarchs in my family, is all the colors. I concieved of Violeta as having fabric across her person when she appears to those in need. Violeta, in fact, signifies love, family, and remembrance. I hope that others spend time with Violeta, feel her calming presence and nurturing spirit, and think about the love in their families from loved ones, past and present. This love can get us through anything!

George

George Anthony Thomas
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: "Calavera de Vincent"
Acrylic on plaster. Inspired by Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night".


Guadalupe

Guadalupe Lozada
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Garden of Eden
A black skull covered with a field of flowers and a golden butterfly.


Jacqueline

Jacqueline Becerra
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Girasol
Inspired by a talavera I have in my home. Sunflowers radiates warmth and light. They remind me of happiness, which is something I feel we could use mroe of in 2020.

Luis

Luis Lozada
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: La Llorona y sus Alebr "hijos"
The skull is painted to represents the mythical "Llorona's" skull buried with veil and orange marigolds as a crown with petals scattered on her veil. At the end of her veil are the skulls of the children that she drowned, who later became alebrijies and forever walk the earth along her, but she will never be able to find.


Andrea

Andrea Zaragoza
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: La Coqueta
A spring look for this calavera however with pride showing the Mexico colors, of course with some fashionable lashes.


Kyah

Kyah Saucedo
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: "Un Poco Loco"
Coco theme, Miguel and Hector on sides with guitar on back

Rudy

Rudy C. Ramirez
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Calavera Veterana
Top side is the American flag. On the sides they are painted camouflage representing the U.S. veteran.


Arely

Arely Lopez
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Mr. Frida


Maria Munoz

Maria Araceli Munoz
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360

David

David Valenzoela
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Abuelo
Inspirado en lose abuels que se nos adelantaron en el camino de la vida. Se presentes como un homenaje a las caracteristicas de los personas mayores: la calvicie, el cabello de plata y los dientes de oro, que se usaba para remplazar plezas dentales.


Mireya

Mireya Olguin
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Reina de Cempasuchil
Teal skull, marigold flower crown, pearl details.


Granado

The Granado Finley Family
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Abraza tus raices multiculturales
We have many roots and traditions, individually and collectively. Embrace them all. Love all parts of yourself, and love each other

Stacia

Stacia Olquin
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Celia
Pink flowers on eyes and sides, gold cross in the back, green leaf on top, light orange heart nose.


Pedro

Pedro Fuentes
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: La Chona
Flowers, traditional Mexican symbols. Main color of the skull is black, flowers and butterfly are bright colors.


Iwona

Iwona Luczkiewiez Contreras
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: <3 Fall
The colors of the fall are just beautiful, fresh air, falling leaves, pumpkin spice, love the season. The skull represents those that appreciate the change of season

 

Malleis

Malleis-Sternberg Family
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: A Sparkly Explosion
Pour paint background, sequins, glitter, and splatter paint echo the diverse beautiful prism of the generations past reflection into the future for the children of our family and this community- and a glow in the dark surprise.


Natalia

Natalia Contreras
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: "Kobe Bryant"
I made this calavera as a tribute to Kobe Bryant, there is two quotes of his that I personally liked. I know that many people, other than me love and miss him. Thats basically why I made it like this lol.


Emma

Emma Marquiss
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Pennywise, You'll float too
I enjoy the movie It. So i based my skull off of it.

Liana

Liana Moreno
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Family Tree
Has a tree on the head, black eyes, patterns, and plants.


Rosie

Rosie Moreno
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: Rosie
I did this colors because The purple I love the color, Black is for my friends, the blue is my 2nd favorite color, the red stands for love, yellow stands for light and green stands for myself.


Victoria

Victoria Hallie Moreno
LIVE AUCTION: October 31 @ 1 p.m.

View 360: The Hidden Soul
The Calavera represents the souls who have been forgotten. They are eagerly awaiting for Dia de los Muertos to be remembered and honored once more in the land of the living. They are not forgotten but are hidden until its their time to come back.