HHM Featured Artist: Cristina Sosa Noriega

September 14, 2020

Cristina Sosa Noriega

Artist Biography

Cristina Sosa Noriega is a painter, marketer, writer, mother and proud native San Antonian. Although best known for her My Loteria series of 54 oil paintings that re-created the images and symbols of the classic Mexican Loteria, she started her career in advertising, meeting her husband Victor at local agency, Bromley Communications. In 2008, the Noriegas moved to rural West Texas and founded the Murphy St. Raspa Co. in Alpine, Texas -- an homage to Tex-Mex art, culture and of course raspas (shaved ice). Four years later, they returned home and Cristina became the Marketing Director for the DoSeum, San Antonio's new museum for kids.

In 2017, Cristina was one of ten artists to be selected by the San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture to participate in a local public art mentorship course. That summer she completed her first large-scale public art project. The mural is now part of San Antonio's world heritage public art initiative located steps from Mission Espada, one of the San Antonio missions recently designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. Today Cristina works for the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation and spends her weekends doing portraits and hand-painted signs. In the past two years, she has completed signs for Feliz Modern, Chica Verde, Traveler Barber Shop and Tillage -- all local small businesses. Cristina looks forward to pursuing more public art opportunities while continuing to celebrate the people and places of her hometown through portraiture and murals.

For information about Cristina’s artwork, click here

Artist Statement

Having grown up in San Antonio, my artwork has always been influenced by my Mexican heritage. In 2005 I spent a year re-creating the Mexican Loteria, updating it to reflect the symbols and culture I knew - the "Tex Mex" version. The My Loteria game and corresponding line of kitchenware appeared in H-E-B grocery stores and boutiques around the country.

Through the years my art has evolved to include large-scale public art murals, sign-painting and other creative endeavors. Currently, I work for the San Antonio ISD Foundation, so I'm mainly doing smaller art projects on weekends and evenings while also balancing being a mom to two amazing daughters. I am finding a lot of joy in sign painting, which is how my father started his career. Something about hand-painting a logo on the wall of a local mom and pop shop feels immensely gratifying. Shop local, support local.

- Cristina Sosa Noriega

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