Past Exhibit Closed on January 7, 2024

La Calavera Catrina

Sculptures by Ricardo Soltero 

Organized by the Denver Botanic Gardens with funding support from the Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historic Preservation.

We are pleased to welcome back La Calavera Catrina, a bilingual exhibition featuring larger-than-life sculptures of La Catrina, one of the most recognizable figures of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). An elegant female skeleton and an icon of Mexican heritage, La Catrina approaches death not through sadness, but as a colorful celebration of life. These works by artist Ricardo Soltero explore this rich iconography and feature interpretation written in partnership with Denver’s Mexican Consulate.

About the Artist – Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Ricardo Soltero is the set designer for the largest Día de los Muertos celebration in the United States, which takes place annually at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Both a sculptor and a costume designer, Soltero’s projects include works and design for Semblanza Latinoamericana dance and music festival, Metropolitan Fashion Week, UNICEF’s annual gala and the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Join us for our Día de los Muertos Celebración! Join us on Sunday, November 5th to celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in TBG’s beloved Nuestro Jardín, our Barrio Garden. Enjoy festive floral displays and our ofrenda, a community altar to honor the lives of family and friends who have passed. Enjoy mariachi music, crafting workshops, and educational programming for all ages.

Current Exhibits

Photograph of a butterfly

Oct 1–May 31

Butterfly Magic

Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion

Jan 19–Jun 30


Photographs by Vicky Stromee & Catherine Harold