John S. Huerta resides in Sacramento, California
I became really inspired by the art of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) years ago when, unfortunately, my sister and mother passed away and for me to cope and understand what I was going through I had to find a way to deal with the grieving so I researched dia de los muertos traditon and then I realize that I could use my training in art to use vibrant colors, strong details and fun compositions in order to bring out the beauty of my rendition of the Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) and to use anything I could to honor love ones who not only who have passed but also who have inspired, encourage and strengthen me to pursue my dream in being an working artist.
I am so grateful for all the support of my family, friends and especially my partner Pancho who without him I couldn't do what I do now.
I have participated in many art festivals and art shows in California, Arizona and Oregon 2016 I had the great opportunity to work with the California State Lottery on a project for the coming Dia de los muertos scratchers. and it was the first time ever they hired an artist for the project and then to be asked again for the 2017.
the whole process was challenging but very rewarding when the projects was completed, when it came to the launch of the scratchers the response was amazing and to hear from family, friends and even strangers on social media and others events on how they were amazed at the art that was on the scratchers it really excited me to be recognized for my style of work.
the reason I create dia de los muertos art is to create art that respects loved ones who have passed and to acknowledge people who have inspired me. and to see my art on the scratchers throughout the state of California make me very honored and grateful that others see the beauty in it as well. it has been a long journey and a lot of hard work
to come to this point in my life and to create art not only brings me joy but it make me so happy that it is appreciated. My inspirations, my mother and my sister Rosemary will always be in my heart and in my thoughts and I know they are here with me during this wonderful journey.
The new California State Lottery $5 Dia de los Muertos will be available for purchase tomorrow September 26th