Religion is the faith in and worship of divine power in a community, while spirituality is individual and does not involve rites or holy texts. European colonization of Central and South America crafted a uniquely syncretized faith in Latin America. European Catholic beliefs and indigenous pagan beliefs mixed to create something new. The artists portrayed spiritual celebrations such as Mexico’s Day of the Dead, religious symbols, the relation between life and death, the fragile legacy of religion, and the reverence of ancestors who have passed. 

La religión es la creencia en un poder divino y su culto en una comunidad, mientras que la espiritualidad es individual y no necesita de ritos o textos sagrados. En América Central y América del Sur, los colonizadores europeos crearon una fe única y sincrética. Mezclaron creencias europeas católicas con creencias paganas indígenas y construyeron algo nuevo. Los artistas representan celebraciones tales como el Dia de los Muertos (México), símbolos religiosos, la relación entre la vida y la muerte, el frágil legado de la religión y el respeto a los ancestros que ya no están. 
(far left) El Primer Alebrije​​​​​​​​
Santiago Vargas - East Hall High School​
Acrylic on canvas ​
16 x 20 in.​
This is my interpretation of an Alebrije and the spiritual world.​
My name is Santiago Vargas, and I am an 18-year-old Latino male attending East Hall High School.
(center left) El Segundo Alebrije​​​​​​​
Jadyn Christian – East Hall High School ​
Acrylic on canvas, colored pencil​
16 x 20 in.​
This work is my own personal Alebrije.​
I was born in Oklahoma. I am seventeen years old and a Junior at East Hall High school.
(center right) El Tercer Alebrije​​​​​​​
Layla Bryan (she/her) - East Hall High School​
Acrylic on canvas, colored pencil​
16 x 20 in.  ​
This is my interpretation of an Alebrije. ​
My name is Layla Bryan. I am a junior in high school and have moved around a lot growing up. ​
(far right) El Cuarto Alebrije​​​​​​​​
Gabriela Olguin – East Hall High School​
Acrylic on canvas, colored pencil​
16 x 20 in. ​
“El Cuarto Alebrije” is my interpretation of my own personal nightmare. ​
My name is Gabriela Olguin, and I am a senior at East Hall High School.​
La Vida (left) and El Fin (right)​​​​​​​
Joanna Cornelio-Juarez - Forsyth County High School​
Digital illustration
2023 ​
9 x 12 in.​
As a student, I tend to forget the beauty of life. Life nowadays tends to move so quickly that we all forget how special it is to be alive. I wanted to showcase this in my art and tie a part of myself to it. My piece connects with Hispanic culture by using the marigold flower used in La Día De Los Muertos, which celebrates the lives of loved ones who have died.​
My name is Joanna Cornelio-Juarez, and I've been passionate about art for seventeen years. My parents always encouraged me to continue my love for art. I want to become a Graphic Designer when I grow up. Recently, I've discovered my passion for analog photography thanks to Mrs. Hanline.​
Our Lady Queen of the Universe​​​​​​​
Sarah Helvie (she/her) - Lumpkin County High School​
Watercolor on paper​
10 x 13.5 in.​
My artwork is of a church located in Orlando, Florida, called "Our Lady Queen of the Universe." Almost every year my family and I would visit Orlando, and each time we would go, we would visit this church. That is where I got my inspiration for this piece. My connection to Mexican or Latino art is the bright colors in my artwork that are often found in Mexican art.​
My name is Sarah Helvie, and I have lived with my family of 6 in Dahlonega my whole life. I enjoy drawing and sketching, and I fill up my spare time with reading, which I love. ​
Life and Death​​​​​​​​
Daniel Hernandez - Gainesville High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
18 x 24 in. ​
This artwork is based on the Mexican spiritual culture in Oaxaca, which believes in spiritual animals that protect people after death called “Alebrijes.” Your personal Alebrije protects you and scares away evil spirits. Half of my artwork shows death, and half of it depicts spiritual things. There is also a divided background showing a desert and a type of galaxy in space. I used warm and cool colors to symbolize life and death, as well as lines, circles, flowers, stars, and more. ​
My name is Daniel Jesus Hernandez, and I am 16 years old. I was born in Gainesville, Georgia. My dad's name is José Antonio Hernández Luna, and my mom’s name is Xenia Yanira Zavala Alfaro. My dad is from Mexico, and my mom is from El Salvador. When I was 8 years old, we moved to live in Mexico, and I grew up there, where I learned about Mexican and Salvadorian traditions.
Culturally Webbed​​​​​​​​
Kelcy Hernandez (she/her) - Gainesville High School​
Mixed media​
8 x 10 in.​
Culturally Webbed displays cultural connections between old and new generations. Displaying old Mexican folk art along with various ideas of culture and religion is a large concept in Latinx history, as is communicating the idea that traditions do not always get passed on to following generations. ​
My name is Kelcy Hernandez. I am a freshman in high school, and I love expressing myself through fashion and art. I have a lot of hobbies, but my favorite would be experimenting with different things, such as dying my hair in bright, exuberant colors. ​
Last Breath​​​​​​​
Adriana Mezquital - Forsyth Central High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
11 x 14.2 in.​
My artwork connects with Hispanic and Latino culture through religion. In Christianity, Mary Magdalene became the embodiment of Christian devotion, which was defined as repentance. For most of Latinx history, religion was one way to gather people to come rest and socialize. There is a wonderful and heartwarming relationship that Latinx people have with Church, or other celebrations that have to do with religion.​
My name is Adriana Mezquital. I am eighteen years old and a senior at Forsyth Central High School. My main medium is acrylic, which I am most comfortable with, but I have worked with other mediums like graphite, chalk, and watercolor.
The Marigold​​​​​​​​
Macedo, Astrid (she/her) - Gainesville High School​
Digital photography​
12 x 16 in.​
The flower shown in this photo is a Marigold, a flower commonly used in Hispanic culture. It is a staple element in traditional Latino celebrations.​
My name is Astrid Macedo, and I was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. I am in 12th grade, and I am 17 years old.​
Common Threads​​​​​​​​
Laurel Ross (she/her) - Forsyth Central High School​
String, glass beads, and twine on ceramic​
6 x 7 x 6 in. ​
I was inspired by the Huichol's yarn and colorful beadworks, as well as their spiritual connection with their ancestors. I used this piece to connect with the long line of artists within my family, particularly my grandfather. He was an excellent stained-glass artist and woodworker who passed away when I was a baby. I used glass beads and string—representing wood— to further connect myself with him and his work. ​
Laurel is a senior at Forsyth Central High School who plans to continue art as a minor at GCSU. She has had work showcased many times, including at the Cumming Art Center. She created "Artist Spotlight" at Forsyth Central High School and is an intern for the FCHS Art Department.​
Haley Simpson - Forsyth Central High School​
Plates and Grout ​
16 x 16 x 16 in.​
My piece honors Latin Art by drawing on common features such as bright colors. My piece is a depiction of a traditional Hispanic flower, the marigold.​
My name is Haley Simpson. I am 16 years old and in 11th grade. 
The Aztec King​​​​​​​​
Monica Rojas and Camila Vigil - East Hall High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
16 x 20 in.​
Our artwork shows a connection with Hispanic culture because we are trying to represent our Aztec culture. The Aztecs originated in Mexico, where our parents and grandparents lived. We like to learn about our ancestors' history and this painting is one representation of that. ​
Our names are Monica Rojas and Cami Vigil. Cami is 15 years old and in 10th grade. Monica is 17 years old and in 11th grade. Both Monica and Cami are Hispanics and love art. ​​​​​​​
World Full of Life​​​​​​​​
Ansley Burnette (she/her) - Lumpkin County High School​
Acrylic on canvas​
12 x 15 in. ​
My artwork has a lot of colors and animals inspired by Latino and Mexican art. The artist that inspired me is Alejandra Bolles from her painting with the Sky God, where the god is shown in a valley watching over the flowers. I painted a forest land with different animals, bright colors, and a sky god watching over them, drawing on Alejandra Bolles's work.​
Hello, my name is Ansley. I’m a junior at Lumpkin County High School. I’m 17 years old, and I really like to draw and create things that pop into my head. I like creating my own characters, and I get most of my inspiration from horror games or books I read.​
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