Amado Peña

Renowned southwestern artist Amado Peña will be the featured “Heritage Artist” at the 43rd Texas Arts & Crafts Fair, Sept. 28-29 at the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram.

Peña, a native of Laredo, got his start at the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair almost 50 years ago.

“I’m excited and honored to return to the fair,” Peña said in a telephone interview.

Peña, who is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry, says in his biography that his work “celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land.”

Along with his fine art career that stretches over many decades, Peña has been a high school art teacher and adjunct professor at the University of Texas. He now lives in Santa Fe.

The special exhibit of Peña’s work will feature his art that is famous for bold color, line and composition. The exhibit at the fair will be indoors at the foundation’s Duncan-McAshan Gallery.