Artist’s Life Changes Through Red Bull Contest

By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local NewsArtist David Flores has much to be thankful for this year. In November, Flores was selected as the nationwide winner of the Red Bull Lata Grafica design contest to commemorate Dia le los Muertos. “It’s been a great ride with Red Bull,” said Flores. “I am enjoying the experience of meeting great people and traveling to other cities. This definitely opened more doors for me as an artist.” As a result of his win, Flores’ artwork was displayed on 2 million of Red Bull cans nationwide; a life-changing moment for Flores, who worked in a small gallery called Galleria Azul.

In love with the arts since his adolescent years, Flores grabbed hold of this opportunity with Red Bull to pay homage to not only a tradition steeped in his Mexican roots, but also to pay tribute to the loving memory of his late mother, who passed last year. “Not only do I see Dia de los Muertos as a holiday enriched with our tradition, but also it is a time when we can reflect on those who have passed away. So, that was the whole concept of my design; honoring my mother.”

After being named the winner of Red Bull Lata Grafica contest, southern California native Flores was whisked away to meet other artists across the country, including here in Chicago where Flores had a chance to meet with other artists both professional and aspiring. “I think that was one of the best parts for me,” said Flores. “I was able to see the beautiful city of Chicago and interact with other local artists who are just so talented.” For more information on Red Bull Lata Grafica design contest or upcoming contests, visit “This truly is a great way, a great opportunity for artists like me to put themselves out there and have their artwork viewed on a larger scale. Not only will it bring you recognition, but also highlight the importance of supporting the local art scene.”


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