Celina Hinojosa began her artistic career as a pianist at the age of eight. She was suddenly drawn to paint following several years of intense music studies (at the age of thirteen). Selling her first painting at the age of sixteen, she took her first steps toward a formidable yet rewarding art career. Hinojosa began her formal art education at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, TX (presently The University of Texas at Brownsville / Texas Southmost College). There she studied under the direction/mentorship of George Truan Sr. (b. 1944-92), a celebrated Chicano Artist (CARA 1990-93) in his own right. In 1985, she received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Toward the end of her studies in Austin she interned with nationally renowned illustrator Tom Curry. From Curry she 'privately' observed the fundamentals of the dry-brush technique. When possible Hinojosa observed only moments at a time by glancing over his shoulder, as Curry was an extremely private illustrator/painter. Years later and after much experimenting, she further developed and personalized the technique to a high degree of refinement. With the many layered complexities involved in this time consuming ritual, Hinojosa drew inspiration from Curry's technique; reinvented the process anew, and rightfully made this highly polished process her signature application in which she works today. The artist averages 4-8 works a year (dependent on varying sizes); still one commission alone may require a year of her work.
Later she continued her studies at Texas A&I University (presently Texas A&M - Kingsville) earning her MS in Art in 1991 and was disciplined in painting under the mentorship of Professor Richard Schepereel. Her career took her through various paths as technical draftswoman, illustrator, lecturer, instructor and freelance artist. For several years she was employed as an illustrator of Children's Trade and Bilingual Educational Books, working with several New York Publishing Giants. Though her work was much in demand by these publishers, in 1996 Hinojosa made a sudden and dramatic shift in her career and returned to her original dream - to work as a serious painter. She paints subjects closely linked to life in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Her work includes recording vignettes and scenes of fading rural daily living; putting faces to everyday activities such as cooking, harvests, ranching, or passing time in a cantina which brings specificity and truth to what may otherwise be misunderstood or a forgotten moment.