Geraldina Interiano Wise

Board Chair


Having grown up on the slopes of the San Salvador volcano, Geraldina carries the land, waters, and intellectual heritage of the Maya in her DNA. The Civil War made her an accidental immigrant in Houston, she made herself a life-long learner. After earning  her BA in Architecture, Art, and Art History from Rice University, as well as her BArch,  and working in the world of city, urban, building, and residential design in NYC, San Francisco, San Antonio and Houston, it would be many years before she would return to pure artistic expression.

She began her career as an artist in 2012, but her study of art began at an early age, under the tutelage of Violeta Bonilla, a student of Diego Rivera. An Abstract Expressionist to the core, she is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who does painting, printmaking, multidimensional collage, sculpture, and performance. As Artist-in-Residence at University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, collaboration with science and technology, using artificial intelligence, has led her to the intersection of art and science.

Geraldina has been active in shaping Houston and serving it’s people. She is long time board member at Arte Publico Press(UH), Tapia Center (Rice Univ.) DePelchin Children’s Center, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and HGOco among many other organizations she has served.


“Our collective Latino footprint in the Houston region has yet to be cemented. It is time to create a productive and purposeful engine for accelerating and archiving our culture, our arts, talents and ideas. Initiatives in technology, the cultural arts, visual and performing arts will help propel our diverse people and the region into economic and cultural growth. We have an unapologetically large dream for the new generations of Latinos. Job #1 is to build trust. United- si se puede!”

Photo credit: Jeff Fitlow