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Jesse Treviño: The Artist. The Man.

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Treviño – The Artist. The Man. is a new KLRN Original documentary that features an intimate look into the life of pioneering San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño. The film, created by Journalist Randy Beamer, includes never-before-seen footage and interviews with Treviño, photos of his art, and more. 

Treviño’s talent can be seen all around the city – in works such as La Veladora of Our Lady of Guadalupe a towering candle standing on San Antonio’s west side and the nine-story tiled mural The Spirit of Healing, which adorns Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital and remains one of downtown’s most iconic art pieces.

Jesse Treviño passed away on February 13, 2023 after a long battle with cancer, but his legacy continues through his art and the stories of his life. This documentary will feature never-before-seen interviews with Treviño, exclusive photos, artwork and more.

“It’s definitely an honor to be able to tell the story of a true San Antonio icon who I came to know as a friend,” said Randy Beamer. “We’ve tried to tell it largely in his words and those of family and friends who knew him best. I knew Jesse for 40 years working in TV news, shooting a number of stories on him and his many projects, but we got closer after I retired a couple of years ago. Sometimes I put a microphone and a camera or two in front of him when we talked, as we both had hoped for this to be a documentary about his latest comeback…until his cancer came back.”

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Map of Jesse Treviño's artwork around San Antonio 
(courtesy of Texas Public Radio)

This KLRN Original was made possible through generous support from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.