This Jack-O’-Lantern Carving Of Selena Quintanilla Will Make You Regret The Day You Didn’t Do This For Día De Los Muertos
Fans of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla have found creative ways to immortalize and pay tribute to her in various ways since her death. From beautiful ofrendas for Día de Los Muertos to traveling Instagram Pages, Selena devotees continue to prove that there’s no keeping the reina’s legacy from living on. Arthur Alaquinez, a San Antonio-based artist, is just one of the many championing this effort but his recently shared photo of a jack-o’-lantern featuring the Queen of Tejano’s face. If we were having a contest, we’d pick this one as the winner.
Alaquinez’s intricate carving depicts a smiling Selena in the style of a Día de los Muertos design.
The artist, who describes himself as “self-taught” in the bio of his Instagram profile shared the image of his fascinating pumpkin carving on Instagram. “Worked on this for a couple days, Artificial pumpkin Carving,” he wrote in the caption for the post. According to the site MySanantonio.com, this isn’t the first time Alaquinez has worked his magic on a pumpkin and turned it into a piece of art. Each year, the artist attempts to observe the passing of people near and dear to him for Día de los Muertos.
“Arthur Alaquinez’s artistic talents wow each year with his pumpkin portraits of retired Spurs,” says the site. “Using a Dremel rotary tool, the artist carved away at a recreation of a photo taken of Selena in 1994 during a school visit. In the original photo, the Queen of Tejano is wearing gold hoop earrings and a necklace, has her hair pulled up in a cascade of curls and is holding a bouquet of roses. Alaquinez remembered all the details in his work and used paint to emphasize shadows and texture in her face.”
The portrait of Selena might have captured the most attention from Alaquinez’s pumpkin collection this year, but his jack-o’-lanterns of 2019 include others.
A recent rendering includes a portrayal of former Spurs player turned assistant coach, Tim Duncan.
He also recently did an image of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle who passed away this year.
The American rapper and entrepreneur died in Los Angeles this past Spring after he was shot multiple times at a store he owned in South Los Angeles. Alaquinez’s decided to beautifully pay tribute to the artist and immortalize him an untraditional way by using an artificial styrofoam pumpkin.
“My 1rst portrait done on a Artificial styrofoam pumpkin,” he wrote about the piece earlier this month in a post to his Instagram page. “Only right I do Hustle, Was not easy! I was tired of doing real pumpkins & them going to waste lasting only a couple days, Now they will last Forever!!”
After the image of Alaquinez’s Selena went viral, he shared a post explaining his inspiration for his work.
“To think it all started only a couple years ago coming across a pumpkin on the internet, & saying to myself Cool!, I bet I can do that!, I’ve always been artistic but never pursued it, that 1rst pumpkin I did went viral from there ppl started asking me do you do paintings, do you do this, can you do that? I would tell them no but i bet i can. learning on my own along the way tried it got better little by little and by word of mouth I got commissioned to do different projects.. Extremely Humbled!. Big Shout out to @thepumpkingeek for when I reached out to him recently because I wanted to change from real to artificial pumpkins, wanted to know what type he used, I wanted for ppl to get more for their $ & the Art last forever! Thank you for that tip!” he wrote.
In an article by the Houston Chronicle, it was revealed that Alaquinez got a big break last year when he was hired by San Antonio Spurs to create figures of the players.
Alaquinez was hired to create images of players such as LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Dante Cunningham, Rudy Gay, and Bryn Forbes. At the time he told the Chronicle that the request for his work by the team put him “cloud 9.”
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