2016 Via Colori Artists


We are so excited to announce our 2016 Via Colori Artists! 



Adam Malek – Houston, Texas

Adam is a graduate from the University of Houston BFA program with a focus in Painting.  He has participated in various juried exhibitions throughout Texas, a two man show at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery, and illustrated... view artist profile.



Adriana Daphne Palomo Olivares – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Daphne Palomo, born in Huejutla de Reyes in the state of Hidalgo, México, now lives in Nuevo León. With a degree in Graphic Design, Daphne paints mainly in acrylic on canvas, murals and pastel chalk on the ground... view artist profile.




Adriana Meza – Sugar Land, Texas

Adriana is a stay at home mom. She works on her paintings at her in home studio. Mainly does oil paintings. Adriana was an art teacher at FBISD for 8 years and participated in Via Colori since its inception.




Adrianna Guillen – Houston, Texas

Adrianna Guillen, is a 23-year-old, born and raised Houstonian. She is currently finishing her last year at the University of Houston, majoring in Fine Arts and Education with a concentration in painting. She would call herself as a portrait and mural artist, but has recently found an interest in Chicano Art, in which she plans to explore. View artist profile.





Andre Shepard - Houston, Texas

Andre Shepard also goes by Art by Dre. He is a visual artist that believes there is beauty in every living thing on earth. 




Adry del Rocio – Guadalajara, Mexico

Adry del Rocio began her career as a painter at 4 years old by receiving her first prize in an infant painting contest. Since then, she has accumulated more than 40 awards including 22 local awards and 10 national and 10 international level awards... view artist profile.





Aileen Kelly – Friendswood, Texas

Aileen is currently enrolled at the University of Houston-Clear Lake studying Studio Art. She hopes to share her knowledge with others as an art teacher. Although she is mostly a painter, she loves to dabble in other mediums




Alba Amezcua – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Alba was born in Navojoa, Sonora in 1973. In 1995 Alba began studies in art at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving "La Esmeralda", National Arts Centre, Mexico City.  Alba continued her artistic training and attending self-taught courses and workshops in art photography... view artist profile.




Alberto Viloria Olvera - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Alberto Viloria is from Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico. He is an industrial designer, illustrator, set designer and publicist.  Alberto discovered street painting in 2005 at the Bella Via festival in Monterrey, Mexico,  Since then, he has participated in this festival and others around the world... view artist profile.




Alejandra Pena - Crosby, Texas

Alejandra Pena has been a Visual Arts Educator in Crosby ISD for over 5 years. She graduated from Houston Baptist University with a BA in Pedagogy and All Level Art Education. She has been married to her best friend from high school... view artist profile.




Alexandra Alfeo – West Palm Beach, Florida

Alexandra Alfeo is an artist pursuing a career as a Chalk Artist and as well as an Up and coming Tattoo Artist. Alexandra has been creating art since she was 4 years old. Drawing and making art is her passion allowing her to express her feelings concepts of color... View artist profile




Alex Alvarez and Nida Syed – Houston, Texas

Alex is a recent graduate from The Art Institute of Houston - North. Visit http://lex-a-lot.tumblr.com to see her work! Nida is a digital & traditional artist with a bachelors degree in fine arts, with a concentration in animation. She has a passion for creating landscapes and environments. This is her second year creating a mural for Via Colori, and is excited to be a part of the festival! Here is her portfolio: needanida.carbonmade.com




Alexus Rendon – Channelview, Texas

Alexus Rendon is a Houston native visual artist who took an interest in art before she was old enough to even enroll in school. Considering it something that she 'just did', it wasn't until years later in life she began to view the world of art ... view artist profile.



Allen Salas – Houston, Texas

Allen Salas is just 18 years old and from Houston, TX. He has been doing art for a long time and has participated at Via Colori for the last 2 years as an Apprendista artist... view artist profile.



Allison and Clark Kellogg – HoustonTexas

Allison and Clark are native Houstonians who have been volunteering as Via Colori artists since the first year CHS brought the event to Houston. Allison has worked at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in some capacity since 1994 and has a passion for... view artist profile.




Amanda Rawlings – HoustonTexas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!


Amy Pena – RichmondTexas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!



Anabelle Drake – Port ArthurTexas

Anabelle has always dreamed of sharing her art. She was blessed to do face painting for CPS on a volunteer basis, but loved it so much that she made it her business. She loves painting and all forms of art medium! It is her life long dream to share her inner creativity with others.




Anat Ronen – Houston, Texas

Starting her art career from scratch and with no formal education, later in life, means her perspective and views come from those of a "normal", “average” person, a simple, hardworking, unnoticed human. Life was never too easy for her, ups and downs, losses and gains, happiness and sorrow... View artist profile.





Angel Albarran – HoustonTexas

Angel recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. The most rewarding thing for him as a designer is working with clients and helping their visions come to life... view artist profile.




Anna Intyrath and Steven Ho – Cypress, Texas

Anna  is a local Houstonian - born and raised. She was introduced to Via Colori in 2009 as a few friends were participating in it. She loved it so much she decided to join in 2010.... view artist profile.




Anu Srivastav – Richmon, Texas

I have been creating art for over 35 years. Although I work primarily in oil and acrylic on canvas, I fell in love with street painting in 2006 when I first participated in Via Colori. This year will be my 11th year as a Via Colori artist. View artist profile.



Armando Castelan – HoustonTexas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!



Bao Pham – Houston, Texas

Bao is a muralist artist that has been painting since 2012 and doing events as The Generators Playground since September 2014. His work is based upon an on-going theme of natural things becoming unnatural and unnatural things becoming natural. Starting with what we eat, how we think, feel, evolve, or just taking an abstract idea and making it concrete as possible.




Ben Gillin – Houston, Texas

We're excited to have this artist join us!




Bertha De La Rosa and Roy Villegas – Houston, Texas

Bertha was born and raised in East End Houston, brought up in a family full of self-taught artists. By the age of 3, she had already become a perfectionist whether she was drawing portraits or graffiti... view artist profile.




Brenda Chapa – Houston, Texas

At a young age Brenda Chapa enjoyed creating many things with her hands, but not until high school did she discover what she enjoyed doing the most: drawing animations of insects, amphibians, and other animals with human qualities... View artist profile.





Brenda Harris – Houston, Texas

has an avid interest in forest conservation.  As a teacher, what she learns in the field she brings to her class.  Brenda believes it is important to teach children to respect the wonders of nature... view artist profile.




Bridgett Luevana (aka Luna D. Lobos) – Houston, Texas

Ever since Luna was a little kid, she always dreamed about becoming an artist. She used to tell her mom that she would grow up and people would pay her to draw one day... view artist profile.




Brittanie (Bo) Duncan - Austin, Texas

This is Bo's ninth year as a Via Colori artist, and she has traveled from all over the country to be a part of it every year! She now lives in Austin, and is the managing editor of Citygram Magazine, where... View artist profile. 




Bryan Higgins – Spring, Texas

Although Bryan has always enjoyed art, he did not take his talent seriously until connecting with fellow high school alum Kenneth at an art show and becoming inspired by his work... View artist profile.




Camilo Gonzalez – Houston, Texas

Camilo is a native Colombian that works in Houston as an artist, Arts Administrator and educator of various mediums and practices. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston... View artist profile.




Carlos Hernandez – Guadalajara, Mexico 

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Carlos Enrique Robledo Moreno – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Carols Robledo, artist, born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, does most of his work on murals for the main avenues of his city. He also paints on canvas and loves madonnari art, history and mythology. His work revolves around the human portrait.




Carlos Macias – Sealy, Texas

Carlos is a deaf artist doing this since 2011.  His forte is storytelling -he likes to tell his story through his art.  As Carlos expressed “Art is my passion that I feel as a deaf to gives me the quality of being visible.” 




Carol Wells – Houston, Texas

Carol Wells, a graduate of the University of Houston, worked for many years in commercial art and pet portraiture before discovering the joy of street painting in 2010... View artist profile.




Carolina Portela – Houston, Texas

Nina Carolina is a mother, humanitarian and artist. She was born in Brazil, but was raised traveling throughout the world. She has also lived in four continents! Her art is mostly influenced by Latin Folk, the Orixas and  Candomble (an Afro Brazilian religion), and the power of women. 




Cathy Espinosa Payne – Kingwood, Texas

Cathy is a native Houstonian working in a variety of different media with her primary focus on acrylics. She is a self-taught artist who recently began her art training at the Glassell School of Art - MFAH... View artist profile.




Cecelia Linayao – San Diego, California

Cecelia is a fine arts graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach. Chalk is the unique tool in her artist’s toolkit. Besides the traditional crafts of painting and graphic design, she has exploded out of the studio and into the street... View artist profile.




Cesar Polock Ugarte – Monterrey, Nuevo Leo, Mexico

Some of Cesar’s street painting highlights include traveling across the world from her home base in sunny southern California to China, Canada, Mexico and Italy... View artist profile.




Chance Roberts – Austin, Texas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Charlene Scott – Plano, Texas

Charlene is a professional artist who graduated from the University of Houston with a BFA in painting. She enjoys creating artwork that everyone can enjoy. 




Chris Carlson – Denver, Colorado

Chris is a 3D chalk artist from Denver, Colorado. He has been creating anamorphic 3D chalk murals for the last 5 years. His work has been featured around the United States and Western Europe... View artist profile.




Christine Nguyen – Webster, Texas

Raised in Houston, TX, Christine Nguyen graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Art in 2012. She was influenced by her mentors to share her passion in the arts as a middle school art teacher. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading books and playing video games.




Cindy Howard – Sugar Land, Texas

Cindy was born in the states, but began traveling the world at 7 weeks old.  Moving frequently due to her father's job in the USAF, she used art as a way to transition into new settings and occupy her time.  After moving to the Houston are, she began taking classes at Glassell and then on to learning from a myriad of masters. Art is her passion and her way of providing for her family.




Claudia Colmenares – Houston, Texas

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Claudia has been a part of Via Colori since 2008. What she loves most about the festival is the way people are amazed by and appreciate everyone's artwork. She loves turning her photographs into street art and... view artist profile





Corella Fairchild – Conroe, Texas

Corella is a graphic arts student at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Her intense love for street art and for the welfare of our community's children led her to the Via Colori festival in 2013... View artist profile.





Corey Scott – PearlandTexas

Corey's work mainly consists of celebrity portraits. This study deals with individualism, self-awareness, and the concept of destiny. Since he uses painting as a form of meditation, he finds that color, style... View artist profile.




Courtney Werden – Pearland, Texas

Courtney Werden is an artist, teacher and chaos manager. She received an MFA from University of Florida and a BFA from University if Florida. This is her 10th year in education... View artist profile.




Craig Carter – Houston, Texas

Craig is a mixed media visual artist from Houston, TX that can work with all sorts of mediums from acrylics to coffee.




Dana Caldera – Bonsall, California

Dana is a Houston-based artist and advanced art teacher at YES Prep Fifth Ward. This will be her fourth year creating art at Via Colori with the help of her dedicated students. 





Dandee Warhol – Houston, Texas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!





Danelle Renee Nixon – Pearland, Texas

Danelle loves art and has been creating ever since she could pick up a pencil. Her studies in college were art and horticulture. She believes in using her skills every day at her job and finds it very fulfilling... View artist profile.




Daphne Dow & Powers Brown Architecture Team – Houston, Texas

Powers Brown Architecture is a professional services firm practicing architecture, interior design, programming and urban design. Led by founding principals Joe Powers, AIA, Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, along with Bruce Walck, AIA, and... View artist profile.





David Maldonado – Pasadena, Texas

David Maldonado was born in Monclova, Mexico and raised in Pasadena, Texas. He enjoys drawing, painting, singing and playing several instruments. David has participated in Via Colori since 2010 with his high school art teacher Cavan Leerkamp. View artist profile.




David Rychlik, Jr. & Maria Alvarez Elam – Stafford, Texas

David Rychlik, a Houston native, has a passion for art that began early in his childhood. With roots based in graffiti, he’s been heavily influenced by the works of Basquiat, Pollock, and Bob Ross... View artist profile.





Deborah Simon – Houston, Texas

"Art is the music on paper, it flows and bends, it expresses and shares, it is the love and peace of the world." This quote, by a former 5th grade student of Deborah Simon, is why she became an art educator.




Donna Singer – Houston, Texas

Donna believes that the best part of participating in Via Colori is knowing the funds raised are going to a great cause. She dealt with hearing when she was younger which makes her appreciate what CHS accomplishes even more... View artist profile.




Doria Rosa and Team (Dave Sisney, Gibson Martin, Nick Martin) – Houston, Texas

She is the Director of Asterozoa Art Studios in the Independence Heights, an Executive Editor of Red Publication Arts and Culture Magazine, and the CEO of Tidal Shore, a Houston tech company specializing... View artist profile.




Eileen Figueroa – Houston, Texas

Eileen Figueroa is a contemporary realist painter who lives and works in Houston, Texas. A native of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, she creates colorful paintings that pay homage to her beloved homeland. Her distinctive narrative style emanates joy and peace and expresses the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the unique Caribbean culture. View artist profile.




Elinor Cowan – Jersey Village, Texas

Elinor is a Houston-born artist and educator. This is her 7th year to participate in Houston's Via Colori Festival. Cowan is a graduate of Houston Baptist University and majored in art. She is currently a high school art teacher in Alief ISD at Hastings High School.




Elizabeth Jones – HoustonTexas

Elizabeth Jones used art-making to fill the lonely spaces, created by moving frequently as she was growing up. She won her first art award in 4th grade and was later told by high school teachers that she “must do something in art”... View artist profile.





Elizabeth Umanzor – Houston, Texas

Elizabeth is a 20-year-old student majoring in Visual Art & Design with a teacher certification. She primarily only works with paint, but has started experimenting with chalk only to discover that she loves it. Eventually Elizabeth would like to be a full time artist. 





Elspeth and Scott Henderson – Houston, Texas

Scott has been doing Via Colori for the past four years. He loves participating in Via Colori because when he was born without an ear and had to have reconstructive surgery, he didn't know a place like The Center for Hearing and Speech existed... View artist profile.




Erica Cavazos – Channelview, Texas

Erica was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a self taught artist who prefers to use acrylic on canvas as her medium of choice. She has displayed her artwork in several galleries throughout the years in the Houston Heights... View artist profile.




Erik Greenawalt – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

By day, Erik Greenawalt is a CPA (the boring debits and credits type) working in corporate finance for a large Pittsburgh-based grocery chain. But on weekends, he puts on his other CPA hat – Chalk Professional Artist -- and adds life to driveways, streets and sidewalks from New York to Florida... View artist profile.




Farrah Lynch – RichmondTexas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Gabby Ramirez – Houston, Texas

Gabby has lived in Houston her entire life. She has been drawing since she can remember, it’s what she loves to do. Gabby holds a degree in animation. She adds, “I love my family, friends, animals, movies, and Chick-fil-A.”





Gabriyela Ayarzagoitia - Houston, Texas

Gabriyela Ayarzagoitia Artist Carmel's Place is the name of Gabriyela's business. Her mediums are oils, acrylics, mix media Photography, poems, and writing. She works and lives in Houston, Texas. 




Geordanna Cordero-Fields – DallasTexas

Geordanna is a first-generation Costa Rican-American Artist, born in Houston, TX, living in Dallas, TX. She shares her weird and eccentric life with her husband, J, their fur-baby, a Lhasa-Poo named Remy... View artist profile.




German Arellano and Carla Valencia de Martinez – Houston, Texas

German Arellano is a 28yr old Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Father. As an artist he is always open to learning new techniques and applying them to his own art. As a designer he aims to keep his work diverse and modern... View artist profile.



Gini Bailey – Sugar LandTexas

Gini is an artist and loves what she does! She gets to play with lines and forms, and best of all, she gets to play with color. She is always surprised by what she sees around us and loves incorporating that into her work.  




Grace Nguyen & Cat Cavuoti– Spring, Texas

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Haley Nash – Magnolia, Texas

Haley Nash is a student currently attending Lone Star Community College in Tomball majoring in Biological Anthropology. She's been in art since elementary school and is still continuing in college. Haley has been a participant of Via Colori since 2014 and is looking forward to this year's and the many to come.




Helena y Jesus Guzman y Carrizal – Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Helena Guzman and Jesus Carrizal specialize in Visual Arts from the University of Nuevo Leon. They became chalk artists in Mexico at the International Festival "Bella Via" in 2004, winning first place in the category of "Rebirth" in 2009... View artist profile.




Henry Darnell – Dallas, Texas

Henry is a professional artist working in visual effects and animated films for over 25 years. He has created miniatures, puppets and props for film, television, theme parks and live performances... View artist profile.




Hilda Tristan – Houston, Texas

Hilda Tristan has been an artist her entire life and an art teacher for eleven years. She loves art and the opportunities it provides for her students. Hilda says art is "A ways of expression and a neat form of therapy!"




Harland P. Dodge – Bellaire, Texas

H.P. is a Houston street artist from Livingston Texas. He has done graffiti art, school murals, kids murals, chalk art, painted cars, surfboards, shoes, hats, and whatever else he could get my hands on. H.P. likes to learn new traits and experiment with... view artist profile




Holly Schineller – Temple, Arizona

Holly Schineller, a resident of Tempe, Arizona, attended both the California College of the Arts and Arizona State University to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. Visual Art is her means of processing the inspiration she finds in nature... View artist profile.




Hung Pham – League City, Texas


After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 2013, Hung Pham began interning for Jay Baker Architects. As an aspiring architect, he held, and still maintains, great respect for arts and innovation. Now, Pham’s philosophy is about uniting technological advancement with design and technique. View artist profile.





Iris Vanessa Gonzalez – Houston, Texas

Mexican- American and Native Houstonian, Artist and painter, and a proud mother of 3, Iris has been a part of Via Colori since its commencement in 2006. Over the years she has always been a freelance artist as well as an architectural designer... View artist profile.






Ivan Sanchez – PasadenaTexas

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Jacky Cardenas – PasadenaTexas

Jacky has been a part of Via Colori Houston since it started! She graduated for The University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Visual Arts Studies. She is a Visual Art Educator at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville ISD... View artist profile.




James Walker – HoustonTexas

James Walker is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. He specializes in developing and producing creative ideas through logo design, brand identity... View artist profile.




Jane Nghiem & Team (Carl Owens and Vivienne Dang) – Houston, Texas

Jane Nghiem is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Graphic Communications and a minor in Graphic Technology in 2010... View artist profile.




Jay Ybarra – Webster, Texas

Jay Ybarra is an artist and musician in the Houston area. He has been playing with his band Jando throughout Houston for the past ten years and has recently become an artist. You can see his work in galleries throughout Texas and in private collections throughout the United States. 





Jazzmin Readeaux – Rosenberg, Texas

Jazzmin just recently started painting about a year ago. At first she focused on social commentary, but then started focusing more on herself and how she perceived reality. Jazzmin's art is heavily influenced by Latino artists. She mostly does portraits and traditional Catholic/Indigenous symbols incorporated. 




Jean-Marc Navello – Toulon, France

Jean-Marc Navello began his career as art director in an advertising agency (Paris). Then, always fascinated by images, he turned to the creation of film posters, which introduced his taste for the large size design. His other passion, drawing, led him to become a freelance illustrator and graphic designer... View artist profile.




Jennifer Lang – Houston, Texas

Jennifer is an internationally unrenowned artist that came to Houston from an alternate brane while chasing after her mischievous herd of tiny elephants.  When she is not out tracking the Herds disappearance through a wormhole, you will find her hard at work in her studio bringing her inspirations to life... View artist profile.




Jennifer Ripassa – La Mirada, California

Jennifer Ripassa, a photorealistic artist, from La Mirada, CA, has had a passion for art since she was young. In high school, she won several art competitions and earned scholarships to Cal State Fullerton where she studied Fine Art and Graphic Design... View artist profile.




Jeremy Tolbert – Houston, Texas

Jeremy Tolbert is a local visual artist based out of Houston, Texas. As a visual artist, he often incorporates themes relating to music, pop culture, cartoons, spcial issues, and the like to invoke
humor and thought into the viewer... View artist profile.




Jessi Queen – Atlanta, Georgia

Jessi Queen is an award winning chalk artist living in Atlanta, GA. She received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and has been creating chalk murals on the sidewalk since 2007... View artist profile.




Jessica Bennett Vandervoot – HoustonTexas

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Jessica Green and Cypress Lakes High School – Cypress, Texas

The Cypress Lakes High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) chapter started on February 11, 2014. The sponsors of the organization are Cy Lakes art teachers, Jessica Green and Lindsay Reed... View artist profile.




Jessica Huggins – Houston, Texas

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Jessica Little – La PorteTexas

Jessica is an Art Teacher and ceramic artist here in Houston. This is her sixth year paticipating in Via Color and exclaims “it is alwaysy favorite part of the year. As much as I love helping my students work their creative muscles, I look forward to the weekend of Via Colori every year, when it is, an entire weekend of just me, the chalk and the pavement.”




John Davis – Houston, Texas

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Jolene Martin – Houston, Texas

Jolene Martin was born along the shores of Lake Erie. She attended college at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and majored in Art Education. She has lived in the greater Houston area for the better part of decade... View artist profile.




Jon Gardner – Houston, Texas

Jon's focus tends toward the incorporation of natural elements, frequently inspired by natural and man-made geometries, to express or create a unique moment... View artist profile.


Jonathan Victorino - Alvin, Texas

Jonathan is part of a group of artists of all ages.  Jonathan and his fellow artists worked with Andres Bautista who was one of their teachers and a cherished Via Colori artist who participated each year.  Sadly Andres passed away this year but his students and former students would like to carry on his tradition going and keep his spirit alive.




Jorge Turrubiartes – Houston, Texas

Jorge is a 34 year old, art and music passionate.  “I mainly focus on colorful anime, cartoon and realism.”  Although he only took art classes in middle school, Jorge affirms, “… when you have love and passion for something, you uncover hidden talents.  I hope to take this on a professional level some day.”




Jose Cordova  Houston, Texas

Jose is an architectural designer by profession but enjoys painting and drawing regularly through the use of many mediums such as acrylic paint,  oil paint, and water colors to name a few. Jose is very much influenced by his Mexican roots which is why he tends to incorporate many Mexican themes into his art.




Jose F. Vasquez – Houston, Texas

Jose F. Vasquez was born in El Salvador and at a young age he moved to the United States. Art inspired him throughout middle and high school. In 2008 he graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts. Since then, he has been teaching In Channelview ISD. Jose has been participating in Via Colori since 2007and still going strong.




Juan Salazar – Houston, Texas

Juan was born in Houston and is a self-taught artist. Juan's creative influences are Vincent Van Gogh, Stan Lee, Quentin Tarrentino and Kanye West.




Kai Ussin – Houston, Texas

We're excited to have this artist join us!




Karin Stensrud – Houston, Texas

Jose Cordova has participated in many galleries around the Houston area and is currently working on public murals. His artistic themes usually revolve around his Mexican roots, ranging from ... view artist profile.




Kaylee Gund – Houston, Texas

Having lived all over the world, most recently in Guinea, West Africa, Kaylee never ceases to be captivated by the colors, sights, and sounds around her. Apart from loving her work at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, her favorite pastimes include drawing, drinking coffee, and exploring imaginary Devonian seas.




Keith Neubauer and Team (Shari Neubauer, Lisa Boecker) – Dickinson, Texas

Keith, Shari and Lisa express they are "not 'formal' artists, but have been painting for years and love it." Lisa teaches in Clear Lake and has been painting for years. 




Kenneth Pierson – Houston, Texas

Kenneth fell in love with art at a very young age thanks to his fourth grade art teacher.  She would send him home with art supplies after the other kids left class and continually encourage him. He went on to study Fine Art at Illinois State University while also on a basketball scholarship... View artist profile.




Kevin Richert – Washington, Texas

Kevin Richert a creative painter for over forty years, has learned to study and explore the nature of drawing and painting closely. His intent to communicate the functional and detailed approach to the viewer... View artist profile.




Khoi Quach – Houston, Texas

Khoi has participated in Via Colori with his teacher for four years - ever since his freshman year in high school. This will be the first year that he signed up by himself since he really enjoys this event. Khoi has participated in the Visual Art Scholastic Event for four years and received all 4s on 6 of his sculptures. He also participates in Scholastic.




Kristin Waitschies and D.E. Harvey Builders Team (Lyndi May, Jorge Munguia and Albert Mesa) – Houston, Texas

We're excited to have this artist join us!




Kyla Hawkins – Saint Louis, Missouri

Kyla states "Creating is like breathing." Since her early childhood she has been fond of color and creating. Kyla started out with graphite portraits and her personal art style started to develop. She migrated through all different mediums and found a love for chalk and charcoal last October; when Chalk Riot hosted a chalk festival.




Lauren Luna – Pearland, Texas

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Lety Rodriguez and Team (Rosalinda Martinez and Sebastian Zamora) – Houston, Texas

Leticia Rodriguez is currently a 3rd grade teacher at an inner city school. She embeds in her students a love of art. Whether it is math or handwriting, she gives her students the tools to love school. Her art teacher in high school, Susam Smith, allowed her to be free artistically and those lessons have helped her as an educator and in life. 




Lily Alonso – Pasadena, Texas

Lily Alonso is a part time student working on a graphic design bachelors. She is a full time children's Librarian, teaching an art class to young impressionable kids once a week and she loves it... View artist profile.




Lisa Bernal Brethour – Baytown, Texas

Lisa Bernal Brethour is a 3rd generation Arizonan who lives with her family in Tempe, AZ. She has a BS degree from the University of Arizona and an AA degree in Fine Arts. Lisa began street painting in 2012. Since then she has been a Featured Artist, won Best in Show at the 2014 Gesso Italiano in San Diego, organizes public chalk murals and runs a Tempe chalk festival. View artist profile. 




Liwayway Andrade – Baytown, Texas

Liway is a rookie Via Colori artist, hoping to rejuvenate her passion for art while contributing to a worthy cause. She discovered her creativity in a junior high school art class, soon after moving to Texas from the Philippines. Her greatest achievement as an artist was earning Best of Show in the Houston Rodeo School Art Competition. Currently, she is pursuing a career in the art of medicine. 




Liza Fishbone and Chelsea Ritter-Soronen – Austin, Texas

Liza Fishbone and Chelsea Ritter-Soronen join forces as CHALK R!OT, a globe-trotting artist team on a mission to spread color worldwide. Liza, based in Austin, TX, creates fantastical universes based on the fusion of places she's traveled, backpack-intimate, and her interactions on the road... View artist profile.




Lizette Galvan-Portillo – Houston, Texas

One of the winners from the 2010 and 2011 Fan Favorite, Lizette is returning to the festival this year and we're looking forward to seeing what she whips up.




Lluvia Glavan – La Porte, Texas

We're excited to have this artist join us!




Luis Castillo – Spring, Texas

This will be Luis' third year participating at this event. He currently attends the University of Houston to get a fine arts degree. He is very excited to be working in the same area with worldwide artists and helping the kids from The Center for Hearing and Speech.




Lysa Ashley – Corona, California

Lysa Ashley is a teacher and self-taught artist from the Inland Empire in California. She started her street painting career fifteen years ago at the I Madonnari street painting festival in Santa Barbara, California. She travels throughout the United States, as well as internationally, to participate in street painting events... View artist profile.




Maddy Tadros – Leawood, Kansas

Maddy Tadros is an up and coming artist in the Houston area. She is a  junior at Rice University majoring in Chemical Engineering. Mentored by her grandmother, she grew up constantly surrounded by art, always having a pencil in hand. Her main focuses include pastel drawings and graphic design... View artist profile.





Magan Wilkins – HoustonTexas

Magan's junior year of high school, she won 1st place in the Italian Sidewalk Art Festival. Her art teacher introduced her to a woman that was looking for artists for Via Colori last year and she did not hesitate to accept her offer. She has become very inspired by the art work she'd seen there, and she is hoping to have to opportunity to create something special for The Center for Hearing and Speech.




Mandy Shefman – HoustonTexas

Mandy moved back to Houston recently after living in San Diego for 7 years. She has been doing art since she was a child and her experience in the working world has built her behind-the-scenes ability to organize... View artist profile.




Marcos Hernandez - New Caney, Texas

Born in Veracruz, Mexico; raised in Houston, Texas; now an amateur farmer in New Caney, Texas. Marcos Hernandez first attended Via Colori as a volunteer in 2011. Fascinated and inspired by the works of the madonnari, Marcos began drawing once again... View artist profile.




Margarita Botello– Monterrey, Nuevo LeonMexico

Margarita’s love for painting started when she was a young girl.  She graduated from the University of Design of Monterrey CEDIM.  For many years Margarita has practiced mural painting, which she has done in several educational centers for children and for sixteen years painted as a hobby. Additionally, she is a plastic artist. View artist profile.




Maria Brown  – Houston, Texas

Maria is excited and honored to be participating in the Via ColorI experience again for her 9th year.




Marissa Marsh – Austin, Texas

Marissa Marsh is a native Houstonian now living in Austin Texas. She joined the Via Colori Street Painting Festival seven years ago when one of her friends, an artist participating in the festival, convinced her to sign up and take the empty square next to her. View artist profile




Martha Kaminsky – San Leon, Texas

Martha expresses, “I'm new to art.  I believe that it's just for fun and something that enhances your life.  I want to participate [and] be a part of what's happening in Houston; to contribute to the community and to advance my artistic ability.”




Mason Kymes – HoustonTexas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Melanie and Shawn O'Neill – Houston, Texas

2011 Fan Favorites, Melanie and Shawn have been crafting colorful pieces together at Via Colori Houston since 2010. The husband-and-wife duo are both graphic designers with a pet rabbit obsession, and spend most of their "spare time" creating fun prints and keeping clients happy as part of the growing O'Neill Design Co. Look for their newest family-friendly, 10x10' square again this year!




Michael Las Casas – West Palm Beach, Florida

Michael is a professional artist, street painter, master modeler and drawing instructor located in West Palm Beach, Florida.




Miguel (BOSS) Martinez – Houston, Texas

Miguel was born in Lima Peru. He came to the US at 8 years of age and was raised in New Jersey where he was introduced to graffiti. He never looked back. Miguel's artist name is (BOSS). He came to Houston when he was 16. BOSS always enjoyed drawing funny letters and characters... View artist profile.


Myla Holland & Clear View High School Students – League City, Texas

Myla has been an artist in Via Colori since the beginning of it here in Houston. She teaches art in CCISD at Clear View High School. She has a BA in Applied Design and Visual Arts and a MA in Digital Media Studies form UHCL. Myla and her students want to be able to create art within the community and this is a perfect opportunity because it is for such a great cause. 


Naomi Haverland – DenverColorado

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Natalia Rodriguez – Houston, Texas

Natalia is a native Houstonian.  She participated in Via Colori her senior year of high school and very much enjoyed the entirety of the idea of such a festival.She is an art enthusiast that uses every free moment ... view artist profile.




Natalia Victoria – Kingwood, Texas

Natalia is a Houston based artist creating visual arts in various mediums. She strives to continuously challenge her creativity and skills by learning techniques from other artists and participating in community events/festivals... View artist profile.




Nicole Svoronos – Houston, Texas

Nicole Svoronos is a visual artist and a high school art teacher.  She has participated in the Via Colori festival since the first year of its inception.  Nicole relates, “it is a great cause for some well deserving children. I have enjoyed creating the artworks every year, rain or shine.”




Nina Marinick – Houston, Texas

"Houston based artist, Nina Marinick, is a multi-media artist inspired by the constant search to know more. She expresses herself by conquering large walls with her line driven murals, and on a smaller scale by focusing on tiny mandala ink and paper pieces... View artist profile.




Phillip Sanchez – Deer Park, Texas

Phillip has been an artist since Via Colori's beginning. He says he "looks forward to participating again this year. I have enjoyed watching the festival grow each year."




Quinton Alberto – Humble, Texas

Quinton Alberto is a Houston-based engineer with a passion for creating approachable art that can be experienced by fans from every age group.  He has volunteered as an artist for Via Colori in Houston since the event's inception and also participated as a sponsored artist for the American Heart Association... View artist profile.



Rachel DelaRosa – Houston, Texas

For as long as she could remember, Rachel has always loved drawing. The first time she had an artistic thought was around 4 years old. She realized that the elephant she was drawing had two legs on one side and two on the other...not 4 legs all in a row... View artist profile.




Rebekah Tee – Houston, Texas

Rebekah Tee is in her 19th year teaching art.  She is the Founding Art Teacher at KIPP Houston High School and Founder/Director of KIPP Houston Art School.  She was a Fan Favorite 3 times. Every year, she has student volunteers to face paint and has a student representing the KIPP schools... View artist profile.




Richard Garcia, Jr. – HoustonTexas

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Roque Hernandez and Juan Ramon Mejia - New Caney, Texas

Juan Ramon Mejia and Roque Hernandez first participated in Via Colori as apprendista in 2011, now 5 years later they come back again with more experience and drive. Roque is a self-taught artist and Juan now holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from HBU.




Ruben Martinez Arriaga – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Ruben Arriaga was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture; UANL, and began his artistic work in 2004. In 2013 he obtained the highest category "Master Madonnaro" and received 2 Guinness records (2014 and 2015) for the largest anamorphic painting... View artist profile.




Ruben Poncia – The Netherlands

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands. Started as a professional artist in 1996. The first few years he mainly worked for cinema’s and theaters, painting large billboards advertising new movies and theater productions. From this followed jobs doing murals, lettering and signs for shops, illustrations and cartoons for magazines... View artist profile.




Samantha Hempel – Katy, Texas

Samantha is a local Houstonian who's enjoyed contributing to Via Colori since 2009.




Sandra Ruiz – Houston, Texas

Sandra (aka: Queen Hilene) started her passion for oil painting with abstract woman figures in 2001. This started her first collection, painting at clubs and mostly on her balcony. Since, she's ventured into acrylic and other mediums like the pastels she uses for Via Colori. This year marks her 5th year as an artist for Via Colori, and we can't wait to see what she comes up with!




Sarrah Kessler - Spring, Texas

Sarah is primarily a Mom and she's always loved art. Being an artist has been a dream that comes true with Via Colori. Her four children encourage her to keep drawing and painting, though it finds itself on the back burner too often. Via Colori opens the door for that freedom that she finds uplifting, healing, and inspiring. Art is expression that can be shared and bring peace to all who come together to enjoy it. 




Sean Gilpatrick – Edinburg, Texas

Name: Sean Gilpatrick; Occupation: employee at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Currently attending UTRGV as a part time student seeking his Bachelor's in Broadcasting and a minor is Art. He likes to draw with chalk and pastel and has been with Via Colori since 2014. 




Shawn Artis – Houston, Texas

Shawn Artis is a local artist who has participated with Via Colori since 2011. In 2013 he was selected as one of Via Colori Houston’s featured artists! He can be seen creating live works of art at various venues throughout the city... View artist profile.




Shawna Promsaka – KingsvilleTexas

Shawna Promsaka is a first year professional student at the Texas A&M College of Pharmacy. She has been practicing art since she was young and continues to enjoy drawing and painting. 




Shelley Shanks-Lockwood – Crested Butte, Colorado

Her Live Performance pieces have helped numerous non profits raise much needed funds. From helping to build hospitals in the Congo to speaking out against human trafficking, Shelley raises awareness. She participated in Peace Jam 2005 with Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel... View artist profile.




Shuji Nishimura – Torrance, California

Shuji began as a chalk artist in Los Angeles, California in 2007 and has received some awards for his work.  At one of the largest chalk events, Pasadena Chalk Festival, Shuji received 1st place in 2011 and 2014.  His style is realistic drawing.




Sonya Hill – Houston, Texas

Sonya moved to Houston 3 years ago to pursue her art dream. She went to The Art Institute in 84-85 and now works at Houston Methodist. On the side she does portraits for her clients, as well as sometimes banners or even back-drops at her church... View artist profile.




Stephanie Albert – League City, Texas

Stephanie is currently a high school art teacher at Dobie High School. She has participated in Via Colori Houston for the last 6 years. Stephanie and her family look forward to this event every year.




Stuart and Grant Nelson – Houston, Texas

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Susan Brunell – Houston, Texas

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Sylvia Blanco - Houston, Texas

Sylvia Blanco, Houston based artist, was born in Mexico and is a self taught multi media artist. Her art has been described as whimsical with Latin roots. She is a spray paint student and is experienced with canvas work, portraits, pet portraits, and murals... View artist profile.



Sylvia Sykula-Haplin – Lago Vista, Texas

Sylvia Sykula has been a participating artist for Via Colori since 2008. Her colorful Celtic art stems from her obsession with symmetry and repeating shapes. Originally from Brooklyn, Sylvia now resides in Texas and works as an elementary art teacher and purveyor of art. You can visit her web site, artsmudge.com, which is dedicated to making art for small hands.




Tadeo Mendoza – Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

An architect by profession, dedicated to art for 6 years, using different techniques such as painting, sculpture and intervention of figures, Tadeo likes to use destinct medias to enrich and complement his work.




Team RussKell – Houston, Texas

Team Russkell, Russ Gobel and Kelly Faltermayer, has been with Via Colori since its inception. For their 11th anniversary with the festival, the dynamic duo will celebrate the beauty of India with a jeweled elephant.





Ted Castillo – Houston, Texas

Illustrator, handyman, part-time chef (can make great tacos), grocery-getter, and roach killer (because his wife and daughter can't) are just some of the qualities that describe Ted!




Terry Kenefic – Houston, Texas

Originally from New York, Terry has been in Houston now for 35 years - 34 of those teaching. After participating every year since Via Colori's 2nd year as a high school art teacher with her students and other art teachers and artists... View artist profile.




Theresa Burgess – Houston, Texas

Theresa's passion is art - color, collage & photography. After teaching art for 37 years, she is now excited about concentrating on her own visual expression and experiences. This year will be her 10th year and the first Via Colori festival she has participated in without also having a student participate in the Apprendista portion... View artist profile.




Tien Dang – Houston, Texas

Tien Dang attends the University of Houston and is studying art, while also working at HEB as a cake decorator. Tien’s vision and hope is that through exploring art, that others will also explore art and that the Lord will use it to move in their lives to bring them closer to Jesus.




Tim Walker – Houston, Texas

Tim is a native Houstonian. This November will be his fourth year as an artist for Via Colori. He loves participating in art events in his spare time. In 2013 he was selected to show in The Hunting Art Prize. Earlier last year, he was an artist for the 1st Annual Kerrville Chalk Festival... View artist profile.




Tomo Saito – Florence, Italy

Tomoteru "Tomo" Saito was born and raised in Osaka, Japan and now lives and works in Florence, Italy. He studied at the Osaka Designer's School and worked as an architect in Tokyo before moving to Italy where he is now a "Madonnaro" or a street painter... View artist profile.




Tony Collantez – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

We’re excited to have this artist join us!




Tyler Kay – Houston, Texas

Tyler is a Houston based artist; passionately curious about life, creativity, and beautiful things. He works in a variety of mediums and his work currently resides in restaurants, studios, galleries and private collections throughout Texas. The best way to get to know him and his work is through his social media networks... View artist profile.



Urecca Boror – HoustonTexas

Urecca is a Freelance Upcycle Artist. She has done workshops for The Houston Fire Museum and Aleif Taylor High school. She is a native of Newark, New Jersey where she attended Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts... View artist profile.




Valentina Kisseleva – Houston, Texas

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Vanessa Rojas-Mulloy – Houston, Texas

Vanessa Rojas (of Costa Rican and Mexican descent, first generation American) was born in Houston, Texas and lived in Costa Rica for nearly seven years. At a very young age she began to show natural interest in art and began to develop artistic techniques through self-teaching; no formal art training... View artist profile.




Vladimir Alexander – Houston, Texas

Vladimir is an independent artist that graduated from the University of Houston with a BFA in painting and minor in Art History. He has been drawing since he was five-years-old and seroiusly painting in 2011. He paints oil and acrylics on a canvas, specifically portraits and portraits of animals. 




Xiaoyuan Xian – Houston, Texas

Xiaoyuan graduated from Houston Baptist University with a master of fine arts. Xiayuan has participated in the Hunting Art Prize, William Tower, Samara Gallery, art museum in Houston Baptist University. In 2015, Xiaoyuan won the second prize in Rising Eyes of Texas. Right now Xiaoyuan is studying in University of Houston, Ph.D. in Art Education.




Yael Lara & Rosalia Covarrubias – Humble, Texas

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Zachary Herndon – Atlanta, Georgia

Zachary Herndon has been chalking since 2011 at festivals in GA, FL, TN, KY, Italy, and Germany. He specializes in pop art and graphical styles. He has a passion for making new friends and co-founded the GA Chalk Artists Guild with his wife Jessi Queen in 2014 to help promote street painting in GA. Zach and Jessi live in Atlanta and have two awesome dachshunds.

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