Enrique Guerra studied at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. After graduation, he apprenticed with artists Robert Lougheed and Tom Lovell in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Guerra creates art in both oil paintings and bronzes, drawing inspiration from the vast deserts and brushlands of Northern Mexico and South Texas. He enjoys painting street scenes in semi-abandoned towns or capturing images of farmers with their livestock as they till their land. Because he has spent the greater part of his life in these very surroundings, this is the subject matter that continues to captivate and shape the images of his work.
In 2016, Guerra installed a life-sized sculpture titled El Caporal in the sculpture garden of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. The commissioned work features an early Spanish settler as he drives two longhorn cows yoked together with a rope. Guerra’s research revealed the specific way in which ropes with wooden bobbins were used as a yoking mechanism to secure wild cattle as they were driven between destinations. The cattle were further deterred from escape by braiding their tails together, as depicted in this early Texas ranch scene.
In 2019, Guerra completed a sculpture of Juan Seguin that is now installed at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Guerra lives on his family’s cattle ranch near McAllen, Texas. His work is featured annually at the Night of the Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.