In 1935, in the midst of the great depression, a group of eight women from Brownsville began meeting together in each other homes to discuss their passion for art. Those early meetings would lead to the formation of the Brownsville Art League, comprised of men, women, students, and young children from Brownsville, Matamoros, and the surrounding communities. It is said that the founders and the early members of the Brownsville Art League were known to meet in all types of sundry places, including backyards, churches, and even the old morgue at Fort Brown.


The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art strives to contribute to the art education and cultural enrichment of the community, exhibit works of art, arrange for and offer educational programs for children and adults, and encourage and develop the appreciation and advancement of art throughout the community.


The Museum’s children programs have earned the organization a commendation from the Texas Art Education Association for outstanding service to the community. With support from sponsors we will continue to build on our success.



The Latino Comics Expo celebrates the art and traditions of Latino Culture.  This is the first year that the Latino Comics Expo is being presented in Brownsville.  The Expo serves to educate and inspire anyone interested in Latino art, entertainment and culture.  This Expo is presenting artists and events that highlight women and feminist voices, diversity, social justice and education. 


The 1st-ever Latino Comics Expo was held May 7 & 8, 2011 at the world-famous Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CA.  The 6th Latino Comics Expo (LCX) was presented again the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach last November 2017. Over 2,500 people attended that Expo.   For more information, please visit


The Latino Comics Expo Brownsville Co-Directors are:

Larry Rattner

Larry Rattner has produced and supervised over 30 independent films and documentaries.  His feature films have been invited to the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Cannes and other film festivals around the world.  Larry has been nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award.  Larry is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West.  He also produces and distributes educational programs and documentaries through EPF Media. 


Tim Swain

Tim Swain has extensive experience in the distribution, sales, marketing and production of films in the Theatrical, VOD, Streaming, Home Entertainment and Television areas of the global marketplace. Throughout his years in the industry,  Tim has served as Theatrical VP/General Sales Manager for New World Pictures; EVP of Domestic Distribution at Trimark Entertainment (precursor to Lions Gate Entertainment) and is currently CEO of Aldamisa Entertainment – one of the leaders in independent theatrical production and worldwide sales (“Chef”, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”, etc.).  In addition he has been an active independent film producer (13 films) and was one of the initial partners at

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez, born in East LA, is the creator of EL MUERTO. First published in 1998 through his imprint Los Comex, Javier has since created numerous characters including Weapon Tex-Mex, The Coma, Dead Dinosaurio and others.  In 2005, EL MUERTO was adapted as a live-action film starring Wilmer Valderrama (THAT 70s SHOW). The film won Best Feature at the 2008 Whittier Independent Film Festival. In addition to his comics work, Javier is a frequent participant in comic book conventions, art shows and cultural festivals. In 2011 he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo, the nation’s first comic book convention devoted to spotlighting the work of Latino comic creators, as well as those working in film, animation and the related arts.


Ricardo Padilla

Long-time Patron of the Arts, Ricardo Padilla is the Co-Founder of the Latino Comics Expo, the Nation's Premier gathering for Latino/a comic book artists & animators.  Beginning in 2011, The Expo has presented at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach and at the MLK JR Library at San Jose State University. He is also Co-Founder & Organizer of the 1st ever "Sol-Con", the Black/Brown comics expo, which debuted at Ohio State University in 2015.