An art gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday opened an exhibit of works by Latino artists on the subject of the Day of the Dead, a celebration that was brought to the United States by Hispanic immigrants.

"The Day of the Dead, for me, represents the reflection of life that we find every day, because life isn't guaranteed. Therefore, for me, the Day of the Dead is for celebrating life," painter Alejandro Moro, one of the participants in the exposition at the Hold Up gallery, told Efe.

"So, like Mexican culture, instead of being downcast and sad, we party and celebrate," added the Mexican-born artist, who emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 3 years old.

The exposition gathers paintings, murals and altars dedicated to special people in the artists' lives who have died or to the subject of death.

"My work is a picture with flowers and in which one of the details is a young man who is opening his shirt beneath which you see a skeleton that signifies that it doesn't matter what race we are, inside we are all the same," Moro said.

James Haunt, born in California to Mexican parents, said - for his part - that the high point of the celebration of the Day of the Dead in the U.S. Latino community is the participation of members of all generations.

"I think that in the U.S. many of the communities of young people are getting themselves more in contact with their roots," Haunt told Efe.

"They're showing pride in where they come from and are really trying to represent our culture, especially in Southern California, in a powerful way that is very respected," he said.

The painter on Thursday is displaying a picture in memory of his pet, a cat who was attacked and killed by pit bulls who entered his house and carried it off. He did not find his pet's body and the artist assumes that it died. EFE