La Mona Risa

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© Pepe Serna

“La Mona Risa”

Actor/Artist Pepe Serna featured in Texas Contemporary Artists Series

SAN ANTONIO – With appearances in more than 100 films, Pepe Serna has a unique perspective on composing images. Often a go-to actor for Latino roles, notably in “Scarface” and “American Me,” Serna has found a way to explore, express and interpret art, while injecting a touch of his own heritage and style.
The Corpus Christi native’s show, “La Mona Risa,” will be featured as the next entry in the ongoing Texas Contemporary Artists Series, June 17 to Sept. 2, at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The series showcases the talents of some of Texas’ premier artists. Common to all of their work is the bold vision and unbridled exuberance that is the quintessence of Texan culture.
“In his dazzling series, ‘La Mona Risa,’ celebrated artist and actor Pepe Serna re-imagines the iconic smile of Leonardo’s masterpiece using a kaleidoscopic spectrum of color, shape and form,” said curator Arturo Infante Almeida.
Serna has created a series of images reminiscent of classics, re-cast with a bold color palette, Latino symbolism and a fun, carefree style. His ventures into the theater of art have earned him various commissions and accolades, along with collectors who have sought out his works.
The Texas Contemporary Artists Series is curated by Arturo Infante Almeida,
curator for the UTSA art collection.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit




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