Gennaro grew up in and around the family's restaurants back in Mexico. But along with his passion for fine cuisine, Gennaro discovered a passion for the arts. It wasn't enough to prepare the foods he loved, he wanted to paint and photograph them--along with the scenery, people and places that created the memories and experiences that captured his heart and sustained his family. He studied graphic design and photography in Mexico, paying his way through school by painting signs and murals for local restaurants, and eventually entered the restaurant business with his family. After opening his third restaurant in Sonora, he moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he started working as a General Manager in a Mexican restaurant. In his spare time, he decorated the restaurant with his murals. Later, he moved to Phoenix where he continued to pursue his art while managing another Mexican restaurant. Master artist Mia Pratt saw his artwork in a local restaurant and immediately offered him a position as muralist on the Old Pratt Studios team.
Gennaro has traveled to Spain, France, Italy, England, Africa, North and Latin Amerca to visit museums, cathedrals, and churches of the world where he gets his ideas for the archangels, santos and madonnas he represents in his paintings and sculptures.