Jose Alberto Gomez

I became fascinated with skulls during high school and it increased even further after taking human anatomy classes in college.  My fascination with the human body and Mexican heritage is what inspired me to truly focus my art toward Dia De Los Muertos skulls.

I currently work as an Education Specialist for the Community Bridges WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) program here in Santa Cruz and consider painting more of a hobby. My job is what brought me to Santa Cruz and it’s given this wonderful opportunity to display my art in the surrounding area. Over the years I have built a collection and I feel very fortunate to live in a city full of art, history, and music. I use a brush and acrylic paint for the majority of the pieces and try to incorporate a variety of colors in my work. 

I have also carried this passion into a different form of art. I have been using my own body as a canvas and I currently have over 50 hours of tattoos. I have focused on keeping the anatomical theme and my love for ink will continue until I grow old. Every piece has a story and the pain is absolutely worth it.

Never Abandon Imagination

Art Style: Abstract

Main Focus: Dia De Los Muertos

Current Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Hometown: Concord, CA

Education: California State University, Chico  (Exercise Physiology with a Nutrition Minor)

Painting