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October 25, 2011 > Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Submitted By Deborah Blackford

NewPark Mall's popular Cultural Corner presents the works of internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios in an exhibit observing Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead, on October 29-30. Rios' work includes mural canvases, paper maiche masks, acrylic paintings, water color paintings and prints all in the theme of Dia de los Muertos.

Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley and achieved honors in graduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society.

For almost 30 years, Rios has been showing and publishing his artwork both nationally and internationally; his fine art has been included in more than 400 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria including Canada and Puerto Rico. His work is included in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco; Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; and Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico.

He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more. Rios' artwork has been published in over 80 magazines.

On October 29 and 30, Rios will produce two large portable mural canvases in front of NewPark Mall's Cultural Corner. The mural's imagery is inspired by the 'Dia de los Muertos.' The new Cultural Corner, which opened in May of this year, is located on the Lower Level near Sears. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
To learn more about the artist visit

Local artists interested in displaying their work at the new Cultural Corner are invited to call Kenia Ortiz at (510) 284-1600.

Diego Marcial Rios
Saturday, Oct 29 and Sunday, Oct 30
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
NewPark Mall
2086 NewPark Mall, Newark
(510) 794-5523

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