Artist Paints with Human Ashes

Sergio Portillo

Sergio Portillo, an artist in Florence, Alabama, first began composing memorial paintings using the ashes of deceased pets. Then people approached him with cremated human remains:

On his painter’s pallet, Portillo adds acrylic color with a person’s cremated remains, turning ashes into art.

“The artwork, to me is like an additional memory to the person`s life, you know the pain of missing someone can be overwhelming and I like to believe the loved ones art can help ease the pain in a lot of ways,” said Portillo.

With Sergio’s artwork, every brush stroke brings new color to the canvas adding layers of life to the painting.

“It`s not like the traditional urn, you know, some people just receive a container with the ashes.  I think it`s something additional.  They like to get close to their loved ones,” said Portillo.

According to the artist, these soulful works of art serve as a permanent tribute to family members, reflecting on the life and how the loved one will always be remembered.

Link -via Weird Universe | Image: WHNT


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I like it. When my grandfather died, my sister used some of the cremains to make small pots for my mother and her siblings. It was touching to see them hold the pots, feeling the connection to their beloved father. It is a great way to honor a loved one.
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