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September 25, 2023 6:00–8:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center, Gallery, Room 235
Day of the Dead

Duke Arts Ofrenda

Taught by Peter Marin

About the Workshop

This class introduces the student to the tradition of Dia de Muertos. Spanning over 3500 years, the class illuminates the major shifts in the development of this tradition and how it came to be what it is today.
Class will address how to construct an ofrenda, and teach the student how to produce paper cempaxochitl (marigolds) and papel picado ( cut paper).


About the Instructor

Peter Marín was born and raised in Mexico City. He has lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Madrid, New York City, and Raleigh, NC. Marin has been painting for 30 years, and exhibits both nationally and internationally. His work is part of public and private collections and foundations including Hunter College, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, The City of Raleigh and SAS. Marin received the Latino Diamante Award 2019 for Arts and Culture, given by Diamante, North Carolina’s first Latino arts organization. Marín has been painting for 31 years. He is the owner of Peter Marin Artworks and is represented by Charlotte Russell Contemporary

Marín’s abstract painting references architecture, landscape, sacred geometry, identity and uses the languages of color and structure. Working outside the expected Latino narrative serves to amplify the notion that Latino artists work in diverse idioms. Marin’s works to further the discussion on abstraction, moving it from a formalist, reductivist proposal to a more richly layered vision rendering his personal sensibility.

In addition to pursuing abstraction, Marín also works in Mexican craft art to maintain, transmit and celebrate his traditions. He produces varying scale ofrendas using and creating Mexican artesanias, in particular those surrounding Día de Muertos, which includes papel picado, clay, papel mâché, retablos, dioramas and sugar skulls. In 2019, Marin created and installed a colossal ofrenda for “Frida, Diego and the Mexican Modernists,” exhibition at the @ncartmuseum

Marín received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Hunter College. Currently, he is an adjunct assistant professor at Meredith Colleg. He has 23 years of teaching experience with various populations, including undergraduate, graduate, and active adults. Marín also offers arts consultation and education services to private and non-profit sectors and currently mentors a community of 35 painters.

Marin’s studio is located in Artspace, downtown Raleigh.

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About the Location

This workshop will meet in The Ruby Gallery, Room 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Address: 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

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Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).