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September 7, 2023 6:00–8:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center, Gallery, Room 235
Day of the Dead

Building a Remembrance to Our Lives

Partnership with Romance Studies and The Spanish Table

Taught by Luis MacKinney

About the Workshop

A workshop to remember those who remain in our memories. Together we will create a space to celebrate the life.

In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to decorate the artist’s Calavera with acrylic paint.

*This workshop will be held in Spanish in collaboration with Romance Studies and the Spanish Table.

About the Instructor

Luis MacKinney was born in Mexico City and spent his childhood and adolescence in the municipality of Ecatepec in the State of Mexico. He studied International Relations with a specialty in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

In November 2013, he moved to Raleigh for his job. It was in early 2014 when MacKinney found his passion for art during a trip to the Outer Banks.
There he was able to visualize the sunset which changed his concept of nature and motivated him to explore art.
His first works were done in watercolor and soon after he decided to start painting with acrylics.
Time passed and the practice of his work allowed him to participate in several exhibitions and festivals including Mexhibit, an exhibition of Mexican artists in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Raleigh City Museum.
In 2017, 2018, and 2019 his work was presented as part of exhibitions featuring Hispanic/Latino artists at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in the city of Apex.
During his career as an artist, MacKinney has had the opportunity to collaborate with several art institutions such as the Durham City Life and Science Museum, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, among others.
In 2020 he was part of the artist collective that painted the pavement mural “Erradica el Racismo / Eradicate Racism,” in front of Artspace in the city of Raleigh.
In February 2021 he was a guest artist to present his work in Wynwood, Miami, Florida.
This past July his art was presented at the Eno River Mill gallery in the city of Hillsborough, with the Building Bridges exhibition, which reflects the work of Latin American artists in the state of North Carolina.
In collaboration with writers, photographers, and artists, he is helping to lead the first exhibition of Mexican artists in the city of Hillsborough starting August 26, 2022.
The work of Luis MacKinney pushes geographic, color, and cultural boundaries. Self-taught, he innovates with each piece to immerse viewers in a unique concept of art.
The artist believes in the power of art to remark on the most important aspects of human existence. With his art, MacKinney goes beyond the strokes to infuse each canvas with emotions, believing that art is a universal way of expressing what one feels.
“Making art is a peaceful way to change the world.”

About the Location

This workshop will meet in 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.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email DukeCreate@duke.edu if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

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