San Antonio artist carves Selena-inspired pumpkin

The pumpkin features the "Queen of Cumbia" for Dia de Los Muertos.

A San Antonio artist showed off his Selena-inspired pumpkin via his Instagram account this week.


Arthur Alaquinez usually carves out portraits of retired San Antonio Spurs players but this time he wanted to do something different. He wanted to honor the “Queen of Cumbia” for the Dia de Los Muertos holiday.

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The artist told he wanted to make something to recognize the Mexican holiday, which observes late loved ones. He said he couldn’t think of a better muse to incorporate than the Tejano legend who died in 1995.

Alaquinez used a rotary tool to carve the magnificent detail into the “jack-o-lantern” using a photo of Selena taken in 1994 during a school visit. The original photo shows the late Latin music icon wearing gold hoop earrings with a beautiful smile holding a bouquet of roses.

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