La Catrina (La Calavera de la Catrina, Catrina, Sugar Skull, Day of the Dead, Death, día de los fieles difuntos, Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead)
Unfinished Painting

(Sketch for painting)

La Catrina comes from Mexican folklore. She is Death incarnate. There are many forms and versions of La Catrina she can be dressed very fancy or appear as just the bones of a human skeleton. Death in the culture of Mexico is very deeply rooted in its culture. La Catrina helps to express that we are all mortal so we should enjoy what time we have on earth before she takes us away. The most famous representation of La Catrina comes from José Guadalupe Posada a Mexican printmaker. In 1913 he created a zinc etching that has since become a staple of Mexican imagery.