Guillermo C. Nicolas
Guillermo C. Nicolas (San Antonio, TX) is a longtime real estate developer and manager who sold his company in 2021 and now focuses on real estate investments as well as partnering in various consumer goods companies, oil and gas funds and the preservation and dissemination of his family’s legacy.
He is an avid art collector focusing on Latino, Black and LGBTQ art and artists for the past 35 years. He has spent decades volunteering and giving to a myriad of arts organizations among other philanthropic works, most recently securing the naming rights to the Texas Public Radio headquarters in his parents honor. Guillermo has funded many museum exhibitions in San Antonio, and Austin, has lent artworks to museums on a national and international level, supported artists in residency programs both in San Antonio and Berlin. He is helping to fund a landmark show opening soon at the Smithsonian National Museum of American history, focused on Latinas in media called “de de Ultima Hora”.
Guillermo‘s grandfather Raoul Cortez was the pioneer of Spanish language radio and television in the United States. His father Emilio, along with his partners built what is now Univision, the largest Spanish language television network and the first satellite interconnected network in the country. Both men are part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American history 20 year long exhibit called “American enterprise”,
Guillermo is the Chairman of the Texas Cultural Trust. He is the past chairman of the San Antonio Arts Commission, past chairman of Texas Public Radio, past chairman of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, past chairman of the SW School of Art & Craft, past board member of the San Antonio, Museum of Art, past finance chairman of Luminaria Arts Festival in San Antonio, past President of the Healy Murphy center among many others. Guillermo has been honored by the Ford foundation for his efforts in education, named literacy volunteer of the year by the Texas Commission on Literacy, and honored by the Contemporary at the Blue Star as patron of the year.