Mauro Murillo (He/His) was born in Coahuila, Mexico, and moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1995. During high school, he enjoyed the SaySí art program where he explored creating art in different mediums including graphite, charcoal, aluminum, paper maché, and papel picado. While Murillo was pursuing an associate degree in communication design at San Antonio College, he began to shift his focus toward fine arts. Inspired by a particular drawing class, a creative fire sparked within him leading him to pursue art as a career. After graduating in 2020, his passion for art grew stronger as he started painting with acrylics on larger canvases. Murillo had his first solo show, Personajes Mexicanos, in 2021 at Bear & Ink Gallery at the Upstairs Studios at Blue Star in San Antonio. His work has been exhibited at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – San Antonio, the Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio, Instituto de Cultura Hispanica in Corpus Christi, Texas, and The Union in Houston, Texas.