Guadalupe Academy Faculty
David Alcantar is a San Antonio native versed in all forms of art but specializes in drawing and painting. He is especially interested in maintaining a relaxed environment, which lends itself to the development of new ideas. While he prefers that his students discover the mysteries of art for themselves, he understands the value of a good teacher. David is quite active in the art community.
Marisela Barrera grew up on Crockett Street in Alamo, Texas and has a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University. She enjoys eavesdropping in public spaces and long days on South Texas beaches. Marisela is a stage director, playwright, cultural preservationist, and performance artist. Marisela and her daughter, Valentina Inez, have three rescue dogs: Chuco-Pachuco, Guera-Perra, and Blitzen.
David Blancas was born in Coahuila, Mexico and began drawing and painting at an early age. Having studied fine art at UTSA, David maintains a multifaceted portfolio of teaching, mentoring, and creating public and private commissions with a specialization in paintings, portraiture, mosaics and murals. David has achieved recognition in various regional and national art competitions. He is the owner of Pintura Artwork Company. Recently, he was commissioned through the University Health System for Phase II of the Design Enhancement Public Art Program.
Raised in San Antonio, Francisco Cortes was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and studied at the University of Texas at Austin before returning to San Antonio in 2008. With degrees in Photojournalism and Mexican-American Studies, Cortes’ work covers topics ranging from migrant worker camps to the music culture of San Antonio.
Monessa Maria Esquivel was born in Harlingen,TX, but raised on the Southside of San Antonio, Texas. She began performing at twelve to deal with her shyness. Her theater journey continued into college where her professor introduced her to Jump-Start Performance Company. Monessa was an active member of the company and board for 7 years. She co-wrote As Filthy as It Gets, winning Best Play of 2007 by the San Antonio Current. She continues to work in the community teaching and inspiring future young artists.
Our Piano Teacher, Armando Estrada, is a passionate music educator. He received instruction from wonderful professors at San Antonio College and Texas State University. Armando teaches classical piano in a way that is fun and unique to each individual students’ pace. He feels the GCAC is a useful tool to the community and is ecstatic to be a part of it! His favorite color is purple.
Leonard Favela is the Creative Writing Instructor for the Teen Arts Puentes Project in the CGAC collaborative effort with the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center. He is a writer, a poet, a DJ and an active participant in San Antonio’s community-theater family.
Eric Fonseca is a San Antonio based, self-taught artist who focuses on story and character in every facet of his creative passions. From painting and drawing to design and animation, he is passionate about nurturing creativity in others.
Dino Foxx, born and raised in San Antonio, is a nationally presented actor, singer, dancer, writer, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, arts educator and activist. Foxx is a company member with Jump-Start Performance Co. and Executive Director of the Yarn Dawgz visual art collective. In his spare time, Dino enjoys fire-eating, knitting, crocheting, hoop-dancing and volunteer work.
Fred Flores has been an accordionist for 15 years. He initially pursued his dream of playing the accordion by enrolling in classes at the GCAC. Fred also studied under the guidance of the legendary Eva Ibarra. His musical training laid a foundation that has influenced his teaching technique. He believes that students must learn the basics – sight-reading, finger placement and scales – in order to become accomplished acordeonistas.
Julie Marin is a senior at Incarnate Word and will complete her BA in December 2013. She is an original member of the 2007 pilot TAPP program. Julie currently serves as assistant director and stage manager. She is also a writer, with publications in The Arts United Magazine and La Voz. Julie plans to become a director and playwright. She is dedicated to the places and people who have provided guidance throughout her career.
Ernesto Olivo aspires to make the San Antonio community a better place. In addition to working for Artpace over the past five years, he volunteers for several grassroots organization. He is a contemporary artist who uses his work as an opportunity to discuss multicultural and ethnic issues. He is the drummer in the band Langton Drive and helps organize musicians in a citywide music coalition.
From Seville, Spain, Luisma Ramos has been playing the guitar since the age of eleven. As a member of Serva-Labari band, he travelled throughout Europe & the US. Luisma was commissioned by the Spanish government to compose an original piece called “Calle Aire”. Currently, Luisma resides in San Antonio were he teaches and plays his own compositions for flamenco guitar.
Gino Rivera is currently pursuing his BA in Music at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has 19 years of experience as a Mariachi educator and professional performer. Gino has had the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned artists and musicians in the business, from Placido Domingo to Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. As of March 2013 he completed sevens years as director and manager of San Antonio’s Mariachi Azteca de America.
Rosalynn Warren works in mediums from mosaic and clay to fiber, textile, photography and mixed media assemblage, using art to express, educate and organize in hopes of moving people to make positive personal and social change. Rosalynn has led students in creating mosaic murals in 12 elementary and middle schools in San Antonio’s East, West & South sides.