I’d like to introduce you to my Lupita Monsters series. This character’s name is Lupezilla and she represents the fun, exciting & emotional side of Lupita. The sentiment of this painting is, “Even though she is broken hearted, Lupezilla still insists on singing.”
I was inspired to start painting Lupezilla after spending some time in Xalapa and Oaxaca, Mexico. The amazing artisans of these regions make beautiful, colorful wooden (and sometimes paper maché) figures which are commonly known as alebrijes or figuras. An example is shown below.
I fell in love with the style of the alebrijes and began painting my own vision of them, which eventually manifested in Lupezilla and her two dogs, Mavizilla (miniature dachshund monster) & Yunazilla (Boston terrier monster).
Special thanks to my Aunt Martha for encouraging me to show some of my monsters!