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Schreiner lecture focuses on breaking a work of art — the pinata

Alfonso S. Hernandez is the guest speaker at the Summerlin Visiting Artist Series.

There's nothing better than getting a good whack at a pinata, but how would you feel if that pinata was a piece of art?

That's precisely the question posed by Schreiner University tonight during its Summerlin Visiting Artist Series, which showcases the work of Alfonso S. Hernandez Jr, a Dallas-based artist and sculptor.

Hernandez has an easy answer for those having second thoughts about breaking a beautiful pinata — swing away.

Hernandez believes in the concept of "Art that is meant to be destroyed." His talk is at 7 p.m. at the Junkin Campus Ministry Center. Parking is free.

The "Piñata Man" spent his youth in East Dallas about five minutes from Fair Park, and recently showcased his art there during the Mundo Latino's Dia de Los Muertos exhibit at the State Fair of

Texas. Hernandez initially studied drafting and design, has a technical drafting degree and worked several years in project management. In 2016, he felt drawn to experiment with his more

colorful, creative side and is a self-taught genius in folded pieces of color paper. Passionate about his new craft as he perfected the piñata, he converted his garage into a studio and launched his company, No Limit Arts and Crafts. He now is a workaholic for giant-size pop culture figures and cartoon characters.

Recently, Hernandez poured his soul into creating a giant piñata of Selena, who glows different colors from the inside, as a Catrina who rocks Tejano music in the afterlife. The newest mission for Hernandez is to continue evolving and inspire others to unleash their creativity from within.

No Limit Arts and Crafts' website is currently under construction, but you can see examples of his amazing work on Instagram @nolimitpinatas.

The Summerlin Visiting Artist Series is funded by the Summerlin Visiting Artist Chair which honors former Schreiner University President, Dr. Tim Summerlin, and the memory of his nephews Reuben and Daniel Summerlin.

For more information contact Debbie Wegmann at or 830.792.7355.


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