Jesse Treviño won his first art contest when he was in grade school. Today, he is one of America's finest realist painters and muralists.
Two of Treviño's paintings are in the collection of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Washington, DC. In recent years Treviño has become known for his building-size murals and his large photorealistic style paintings. His nine-story by 40 feet mural “Spirit of Healing”, which graces the facade of the Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, has become a San Antonio landmark.
But tragedy almost deprived the world of Treviño's artistry. He was attending the Art Students League in New York, and was about to go to Paris when he received his draft notice for Vietnam. There he lost his right arm in combat.
While recovering, he again turned to his love of art, enrolling in a drawing course at San Antonio College and gradually learning to paint and draw with his left hand. Treviño earned his bachelor's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master's degree from the University of Texas.
Treviño’s paintings can be found in the collections of world leaders such as Prince Charles of England and former President of Mexico Carlos Salinas de Gotari, and in the collections of major corporations such as JCPenney, Dr. Pepper and Anheuser Busch. (from http://web.mac.com/cristinanoriega/Jesse_Trevino/About_Jesse.html)