Día de los Muertos Altar-installations

Day of the Dead Altar Installations 2003-2021

2021 MCCLA Gallery: Dedicated to my dear friends and mentors: Yolanda Lopez, Anna Halprin and Jack Hirschman.

2021 MCCLA Lobby: Dedicated to Hung Liu in collaboration with Cece Carpio

2021 SOMARTS: Dedicated to 5 Latinx killed by police in the US and Mexico

– Mario González, 26 years old, killed by suffocation, Alameda, April 19, 2021.
– Victoria Salazar, 26, killed by suffocation, Tulum, Mexico, March 27, 2021.
– Sean Monterrosa, 22 years old, killed by 5 shots, Vallejo, June 4, 2020.
– Angel Zapata Hernández, 24 years old, killed by suffocation, San Diego, October 15, 2019.
– Claudia Patricia Gómez González, 20, killed by a shot in the head, Rio Bravo, Texas, May 23, 2018.

2020 SOMARTS: Dedicated to George Floyd

2019 San Francisco Symphony: Dedicated to Joao Gilberto

2018 MCCLA: Dedicated to Mariee, the 18-month-old girl who died after leaving the ICE facility where she was detained and was not medically treated. In collaboration with Mara Hernandez

2018 SOMARTS: Dedicated to Rene Yañez, teacher, mentor and friend. He was the Chicano artist who brought Dia de los Muertos to San Francisco more than 40 years ago, and who was always willing to help emerging artists, creating opportunities in the Arts. Altar in collaboration with Mara Hernandez

2017 MCCLA: My heroes of the Mission district in San Francisco. Commissioned and exhibited at SF Cultural Mission Center

Here a link to see the video created by the Multimedia dpt. MCCLA


2016 SOMARTS: Altar for my father (1932-2016). Commissioned and exhibited at SOMARTS, San Francisco


Adrian inside the room-altar-installation for his father, the visual artist Luis Arias Vera 

2015 San Francisco Symphony: Commissioned and exhibited at the San Francisco Symphony, dedicated to writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2012 OMCA: Commissioned and exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California OMCA, dedicated to the conscientious objector and actor Lew Ayres

2012 San Francisco Symphony: Commissioned and exhibited at the San Francisco Symphony, dedicated to musician Aaron Copland. Piece in collaboration with Anais Azul

2003 and 2004 @ SOMARTS:

Border at SOMARTS was an altar in collaboration with Begoña Caparrós