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 13th annual show, hosted by the Lenexa Arts Council and the City of Lenexa, takes place June 5 through July 13, 2015 in the City Hall Art Gallery.

The public is invited to attend the artists' reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Winners will be announced at the reception. Also enjoy food and live music by Marimba Sol de Chiapas.

Congratulations to the 2014 Latino Art Bravisimo Show winners:
  • Marino Payan, "Mini Bikes" - Honorable Mention
  • Debbie Froelich, "Modern Improv #1" - Second Place 2D
  • Carlos Colorado, "Better, Faster, Stronger" - Second Place Photography
  • Bernadette E. Torres, "Baby Steps" - Second Place 3D
  • Hector Garcia, "The Mayan Laundry" - First Place 2D, sponsored by Claire Ward
  • Everado Acosta, "Decadencia" - First Place Photography, sponsor anonymous
  • Eugenia Ortiz, "The Dance" - First Place 3D, sponsored by Diane Linver
  • Maria Raquel Morales, "Sueños de Vuelo" - Henderson Engineering, Inc. Best of Show

Call for Artists
We are now accepting applications for the 2015 show. Find more details:

View photos from the 2014 Latino Art Bravisimo and the 2013 event.

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 artists of Latino heritage, while providing Latino artists with an expanded audience for their art.

Latino Art Bravisimo History and Overview
Latino Art Bravisimo stems from a conversation in 2002 between Lenexa Police Chief Ellen Hanson and Lenexa volunteer, Karen Poe. Chief Hanson (now retired) 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.

The City of Lenexa holds the art show in Lenexa City Hall for six weeks beginning the first week of June. The show features Kansas City Metro area artists of Latino heritage who create a variety of two- and three-dimensional art styles using a variety of media including drawing, painting, fiber, photography, clay and metal.

Qualified judges judge the installed art. Awards to artists are presented at the annual art reception held the second Friday of June.

Serving 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. Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm presented departing Mexican Consul, Jacob Prado, with a City Award during the Latino Art Bravisimo reception in 2012.

The annual success of this important art show has been due to Latino Art Bravisimo's talented artists and the devoted work of dedicated volunteers.

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors
Henderson Engineering
McCownGordon Construction
Diane Linver