Latino Art Bravisimo


Latino Art Bravisimo is an exciting celebration of art, cultural diversity, and community. This juried art show features high quality two- and three-dimensional pieces created by talented Latino artists from the Kansas City metro area. The 14 th annual show, hosted by the Lenexa Arts Council and the City of Lenexa, takes place June 8-July 14, 2017.

2016 Latino Art Bravisimo Show Winners

  • Best of Show – Mauricio Zuniga, “Working With Landscape,” Oil, Pastel, Paper
  • First Place 2D – Daniel Estrada, “Mexican Lady,” Pencil
  • First Place 3D – Bernadette Esperanza Torres, “El Pensamiento (A Splendid Little Thought),” Ceramic
  • Honorable Mention – Gloria Parsley, “Arcos (Arches),” Photography
  • Honorable Mention – Sharon Rodriguez, “Adventurous,” Giclee
View photos from the 2016 reception

Latino Art Bravisimo Mission Statement

Latino Art Bravisimo is dedicated to the promotion and recognition of cultural diversity for Lenexa residents by featuring an annual, juried art show of high quality art by Kansas City Metro area Latino artists, while providing Latino artists with an expanded audience for their art.

Latino Art Bravisimo History

Latino Art Bravisimo stems from a conversation in 2002 between former Lenexa Police Chief Ellen Hanson and Lenexa volunteer Karen Poe. Chief Hanson was looking for a way to recognize Lenexa's Latino population and Ms. Poe was chairing monthly art shows in Lenexa City Hall. The idea for Latino Art Bravisimo was born.

Jenny Mendez of Mattie Rhodes Art Center in Kansas City and Freda Mendez Smith, provided many of the artists’ names for the first art show. Maria Reyes, from El Centro, Inc. of Johnson County, gave continuing support from the first year as Assistant Chair to the art show.

Lenexa works with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City to organize the showServing to further bond diverse cultures and friendships, the show has been honored to be displayed at the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City each September since 2011.


Staff Contact

Susanne Neely,, 913.477.7131.

I Like Lenexa appEarn points for checking in via the I Like Lenexa App during Latino Art Bravisimo.