Current ExhibitSep 9–Dec 31

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.

Current Exhibits

Sep 8–Jan 14

Enchanted Gardens

Sculptures by John Benedict

Sep 28–Jan 4

Drawn to the Desert

Botanical Illustrations by Joan McGann