Gerardo Taracena was born in and presently lives in Mexico City. He studied acting at el Centro Universitario de Teatro de la Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and has performed in motion pictures, theater and dance. He worked with the dance group Integro de Peru in 1992 performing in the II Encuentro Latinoamericano de Danza Contemporanea Independiente in la Sala Miguel Covarrubias and in the V Festival Latinoamericano de Teatro de Cordoba ’92 in Argentina. He continued to work in dance through 1996 in various festivals throughout Mexico and Latin America.
On stage, Gerardo acted in over 30 plays participating in the Festival Internacional Cervantino on three occasions; the Festival de la Ciudad de Mexico, the Festival Latinoamericano de Teatro Cordoba in Argentina, Programa Iberoamericano de Teatro in Buenos Aires, the Festival de las Artes in Costa Rica, and the Japan Street Theatre Festival in Tokyo and Jamamatsu. He also was a member of the theater group Teatro Mito. He has acted in films both in his native Mexico and the USA, including: Apocalypto, El Violin, Sin nombre, Club Eutanasia, Man on Fire, American Family, Al Rescate de la Santisima Trinidad, The Mexican, Sin Dejar Huella, El Narco, Saving Private Perez, Las Paredes hablan, among others.