About Us

Republic Arts Collaborative is a multidisciplinary team of creatives geared to energize your brand or public art project. Our team is composed of artists, muralists, photographers, videographers, web and graphic designers. Our goal is to bring a new artistic dimension to corporate, private, and governmental clients, by offering a full array of services and products.

Our Founders

David Blancas, Painter and Muralist
David Blancas is an award-winning painter, muralist, and teacher from San Antonio, Texas. In 2018 his work garnered international attention as one of the lead muralists for the World Heritage Mural Trail, a project connecting city corridors to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage sites of the San Antonio Missions.
David Blancas was born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila in northern Mexico and began drawing and painting at an early age. He maintains a multifaceted portfolio of teaching, mentoring, and creating public and private commissions with a specialization in paintings, portraiture, mosaics and murals.
David studied fine art at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has achieved recognition in various regional and national art competitions. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and is the sole proprietor of Pintura Artwork Company, a studio and art gallery that was established in 2002. He is also the director and lead muralist of Project Inspire: Mural Arts Program, an organization that collaborates with other agencies to produce community murals and other public art projects.

Nain Leon, Photographer and Digital Artist
Nain Leon is a freelance conceptual photographer and digital artist, who was born in Mexico City and currently based in San Antonio, Texas, US. His work focuses on digital photography and digital photo manipulation.
His photos show different places where some characters cohabit. These characters can be objects, animals, humans or himself, and by simple acts they confront their condition at this moment. They live in different and ambiguous worlds, divorced from standards and rules.
The elements that have a role in the image sometimes are removed from their context to make them be a part of a different reality. This way all the pieces are together within the set, they contrast, complement and unite with each other to compose new worlds.
Nain’s work has been published in different Magazines and websites such as FARENHEIT magazine (Mexico), GET Inspired (Netherlands), PHOTOVOGUE (Italy). He has had exhibitions in Mexico, Canada and USA.

Ron Garcia, Graphic Designer & Digital Artist
Ron is an award-winning web and graphic designer from San Antonio, Texas. He has done work for clients such as the Credit Human Bank, Miller Coors, Goodman Networks, AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the City of San Antonio.
Ron has worked on projects that have been featured in How Design Magazine, Adobe Showcase, and Voices of Art, IUNGO Magazine, and several publications.
Ron has a degree in Political Science and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mark Riojas, Theater Director, Writer,  Actor
With over fifteen years of experience performing, developing and producing events Mark Riojas proudly brings his creative talents to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and Republic Arts. Born and raised on the Westside of San Antonio, Mark’s love for the theater and the community runs deep. Having spent a decade acting and producing shows at the Guadalupe, during which time he spent 15 years touring the country as a comedic entertainer, actor, writer, producer and performer on stage, television and film. He developed a passion for entertaining that began in his youth with break dancing and even professional wrestling. At the height of his career he suffered a neurological illness that impaired his ability to walk, talk, or move. Having overcome his illness, Mark returns to the Guadalupe to continue his work producing events and serving the community he loves.