Hispanic Art Scene Art Blog
by hispanic_arts , March 12, 2014—12:00 AM
I would like to thank Jackson Walensis de Serrant for the wonderful comment he left on my artid website. As an artist I strive to create art that is beautiful and meaningful to me. I enjoy sharing it with the world and seeing the response it achieves. It has not always been easy to find places to exhibit and sell my art but I never gave up hope that it would eventually be appreciated and enjoyed by others. I have been very lucky that my art has won me many awards and recognition throughout the years. To that I have to be grateful to God for giving me the talent to create the art that I do, and for placing in my path the right people who helped further my art career. Going into my studio to me is still like my first day in kindergarten I was so amazed with the building blocks and toys that I did not even notice that it was school. The Joy I receive from creating art is the best feeling ever. That I also have my own studio, art materials and ideas is all that much better. The art events I have attended over the years have been great in that I get to meet so many others involved in the art world, Artists, Curators, Collectors, Gallery Owners etc.. They all have a story to tell and I am always amazed and grateful to them for sharing it with me. I am truly blessed to be able to be an artist working in America in 2014. Success has not come easy but it has come in many forms and shapes and I thank all who have inspired me and helped me fulfill my life long dream. The comment from Jackson Walensis de Serrant (See Below) was one of those moments that catch you by surprise and are much appreciated. I along with my contemporary artist's friends create Art History everyday that we go about creating art. It is wonderful when we are acknowledged and always much appreciated. Thank You, Jose Acosta
Comment by Jackson Walensis de Serrant For me, there is a sense of distance when artists are classified by nation, especially when they are from Latin America. I believe this is an American cultural phenomenon that has made distance through language, preceded by closer links with Europe than with our neighbors from Latin America. Jose Acosta breaks those barriers through his art work because they invite the passer by to stop, pause and look. They are warm, and lyrical contemporary compilations interacting across cultural boundaries, or they, depending on the piece, including flavors of Latin culture Americans have come to love. What bothers me is that we from North America still feel the need to include cultural heritage in the nomenclature of fine arts. It's reminiscent of the 1960s when Afro-American musicians played on stations geared to listeners of their cultural background, until they flooded the nation with hit records, record companies had to let them "cross over." In fact they didn't just "cross over," white DJs found the work so compelling that they had to play it for it touched you without regard to race, and the sounds of black voices were beautiful. This is how Jose Acosta's works are--they reach into my experience, into my reality leading me further to the conclusions that we all share the aspects of the same reality where appeal is found. All artists of any ilk need do is be true to themselves, to their heritage, to their world, and they will be relevant to our collective experience.
Without looking at Jose Acosta's work this day, I would not have thought about the unity between us being as strong as it is. It's like JFK's speech to the American University" We all inhabit this small planet, we all cherish our children's future and we are all mortal "says about our commonalities. And perhaps one day, I won't have to go looking through book about Latin American Artists or auction catalogues about "Important works by Latin American Artists", I will just find you listed with other American artists who create for posterity, to find works by the Cuban American virtuoso, Jose Acosta. I don't know if you were destined to be an 'Important American Artist of the 21st century', I just know you are one. How wonderful I am alive to tell you so.
What I see in your works, their lyrical, spirited and lively compositions make them completely unique from other artists. These works, the way you conduct color into your compositions with all the authority and skill of a true maestro. We must thank you Senor Jose Acosta, Bravissimo!