Jose Acosta was born in San Jose, Cuba, in 1966. His family immigrated to the United States in 1969. Acosta has been creating art ever since he can remember, and has always enjoyed painting. In 2003, Acosta decided to go to the Art Students League of New York on weekends to further his art education. While there, he studied with John Hultberg, who greatly influenced him and and allowed him to pursue his artistic visions.
Acosta started his professional career as an artist in 2004, and began to exhibit in galleries and art fairs. That same year at his first public exhibit, Acosta won the Best of Show at the Dutchess County Art Fair. He has continued to exhibit widely since 2004 in a number of solo and group shows. By 2011, he has shown in over 300 group shows and has had 19 solo shows. The World Bank in Washington, DC, acquired seven of his works at the International Caribbean Art Fair in New York in 2007, and in September of 2008, the University of Pennsylvania acquired his painting, "Staying Alive," to display in the art library.
In 2010 he became a member of the French Academy Arts-Sciences-Lettres and in 2011 he won the Bronze Medal in Art awarded by French Academy Arts-Sciences-Lettres
Represented in New York by Marion Royael Gallery.
Other Training or School
Art Students League of New York
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What I like about Art
Creating & Exhibiting my Creations
My Art Style
Acrylic & Mixed Media
I create Paintings, Sculptures, and Constructions. Bright colors, swirling figures, and vibrant energy characterize my paintings. I was born in Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. with my family when I was 3 years old. I am a Cuban/American and very proud of my Cuban Heritage as well as my American citizenship. Generally my paintings depict my personal history and my surroundings. I paint from my heart, expressing a little hope and happiness in all of my creations. I paint the struggles of my fellow humans to strive for their dreams, the things that some of us take so lightly yet so many in this world do not have. I am a romantic at heart and envision a future world where we will all live in peace and plenty.
Too Many to List
Favorite Cultural Countries
Marion Royael in New York, Center Framing & Art West Hartford, CT.