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I create paintings characterized by their bright colors, swirling figures, and vibrant energy. I think my background and conditioning are the ingredients. I was born in Cuba where I lived until the age of three, then, with my family, immigrated to the United States. Therefore, my paintings generally depict and reflect my history as well as my surroundings and experiences while expressing passion from the heart, the mainspring of life. 28 comments


Jose Acosta

Education Arts Students League of New York

Cuban American Artist Born 1966 in San Jose Cuba, Lives in New York


Arte Inc. 2013 - New Haven CT

2nd Bronx Biennial 2010 - Bronx, NY

Abro Art Gallery 2011 to 2013 - Miami, FL

Amsterdam Whitney Gallery 2005 - New York, NY

Artlook Contemporary Art Watch 2010, New Art Center 2007 and 2010 - NYC, NY

Art Society of Kingston 2003 to 2014 - Kingston, NY

Art Along the Hudson 2009 - Poughkeepsie, NY

Artwell Gallery 2008 and 2009 - Torrington, CT

Artexpo 2005 and 2006 and 2009 - New York, NY

Art for Aids 2005 & 2011 - San Francisco, Cal.

Art Off The Main 2008 to 2009 & Online 2010 - NYC, NY

Arts Upstairs Gallery 2005 thru 2015 - Phoenicia, NY

Avalon Archives Museum of Roots, Rock and Roll 2009 to 2010 - Putnam, NY

Bakehouse Art Complex 2010 - Miami, FL

Barrett Art Center 2004 to 2010 - Poughkeepsie, NY

Berkeley College Gallery - 2010 NYC

Biblioteca Criolla 2011 - Jersey City, NJ

Boonsboro Art Center 2011 - Boonsboro, Maryland

Care 4 Needy Copts 2008 - New Jersey

Cartus Corperation 2010 - Danbury CT.

Center Framing & Art 2008 thru 2015 - West Hartford, CT

CAN (Contemporary Art Network) 2010 and 2011- NYC, NY

Cornell St Studios 2007 - Kingston, NY

Colombian Consulate 2013 - NYC, NY

Cuban Cultural Center 2011 & 2013 - NYC, NY

Dutchess County Fair 2004 - Rhinebeck, NY

Dutchess Arts Council Show 2009 - Poughkeepsie NY

Edward Williams Gallery - 2011 New Jersey

Exodo Galeria 2007 to 2012 - Puerto Rico

Farfetched Gallery 2005 to 2006 - Kingston, NY

G.A.S. (Gallery And Studio) 2007 to 2010 - Poughkeepsie NY

General Electric 2013 - Fairfield CT

Habla Underground 2009 - Los Angeles, CA

Howland Cultural Center 2006 to 2012 - Beacon, NY

IBM Show 2006 - Poughkeepsie, NY

International Caribbean Art Fair 2007 and 2009 - New York, NY

International Immigrants Foundation 2009 - NYC, NY

Intrepid Museum 2007 - New York, NY

Jose Marti Academy 2009 and 2010 - Union City, NJ

Joyce Gordon Gallery 2013 - Oakland California

Kent Art Association 2008 to 2010 - Kent, NY

Lancome 1986 - New York, NY

Lichtpause 2005 - Germany

Marion Royael Gallery 2011 to 2013 - Beacon, NY

Melero Studio 2011 thru 2014 - Miami, FL

Mollendo Peru 2011 - Provincial de Islay Peru

Muddy Cup 2007 and 2008 - Poughkeepsie, New York

MIWAA 2007 - NYC, NY

Millstreet Loft 2010 - Poughkeepsie, NY

Muddy Cup Studios 2008 - Kingston, New York

Oriele 9 2011 - Woodstock, NY

Others Fair 2007 - New York, NY

Palace Theatre 2007 and 2009 - Stamford, CT

Passaic County Community College 2011 -Patterson, NJ

Peru San Alejandro Academy 2010 to 2011 - Arequipa Peru

Ponce Museum 2013 - Ponce Puerto Rico

Pritzker Gallery 2007 and 2010 and 2011-Highland, NY

Putnam Arts Council 2007 to 2011 - Carmel, NY

QbaVa 2009 to 2011 - Union City, NJ

Queens Museum of Art 2009 & 2010 - Queens, NY

Rhinebeck Savings Bank 2009 - Wappinger Falls, NY

Rich Forum 2007 and 2008 - Stamford, CT

RiverWinds Gallery 2010 - Beacon, NY

Skybox Gallery 2005 - Kingston, NY

St James Theatre 2009 - New Zealand

Stamford Art Association 2010 to 2011 - Stamford, CT

SUNY Orange 2007 - Middletown, NY

The Art Students League 2003 to 2006 - New York, NY

The Gallery at Kent 2008 and 2009 - Kent, CT

The Times Square Lobby Gallery 2006 - New York, NY

Tower 48 2006 - New York, NY

Union City Performing Arts Center 2009 -Union City, NJ

Varga Gallery 2005 to 2011 - Woodstock, NY

Vassar Alumni House 2011 - Poughkeepsie, NY

Venezuelan Embassy 2009 - Washington DC

Ward Nasse 2005 to 2010 - New York, NY

Walkway Over The Hudson 2009 - Poughkeepsie, NY

WBGO Radio Station 2013 - Newark NJ

Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba 2012 - NYC, NY

Woodstock Artist Association 2005 to 2012 - Woodstock, NY

Zoom Gallery 2011 - Fleishmanns, NY


Arts Mid-Hudson Poughkeepsie, NY

Artist Space New York, NY

Art Society of Kingston Kingston, NY

Barrett Art Center Poughkeepsie, NY

CUE Art Foundation- New York, NY

Dutchess County Arts Council - Poughkeepsie, NY (Board Member)

Howland Cultural Center Beacon, NY

Putnam Arts Council Carmel, NY

The Arts Students League New York, NY

Woodstock Artist Association Woodstock, NY


Lancome New York, NY

Touro College, NY

University of Pennsylvania, PA

World Bank Washington, D.C.

United Cerabral Palsy, NY

Healthy Families, NY

Rubin Museum Collection

In over 500 Private & Public Collections Around the World.


Dutchess County Fair Best of Show 2004 At the Fair

Dutchess County Fair First Place 2004 Protecting the Little Ones

Putnam Arts Council 2nd Place Body of Works 2005 La Vida Carnival & The Beach

Barrett Art Center Honorable Mention 2005 Escape from Cuba 2

Barrett Art Center 1st Place Members Show 2006 La Vida Carnival

Putnam Arts Council 1st Place Body of Works Three Cats Jazz Club &

Where Dreams Can't Go 2007.

Woodstock Artist Association 1st Place American Scenes Show 2007 - Wild West Show

Art Society of Kingston- Volunteer Award Recognition January 2007

World Bank buys all my work at the ICA Fair in NYC, 2007.

Sociedad De Escritores, Poetas Y Pintores De America Honor al Merito November 2007

University of Pennsylvania Aquires "Staying Alive" painting to display at campus art library 2008.

Barrett Arts Center - Honorable Mention 2008 Members Show - "Flowers & Dots"

Interview Channel 41 Morning News October 1st 2008.

Interview with Julio Nunez The Immigrant Lives Oral History Project. 2 Hour Interview in Spanish 2008.

Award by Asociacion Nacional De Periodistas de New York 2008.

Honorary Diploma Touro College New York 2009.

One of 3 Artist from Poughkeepsie Area chosen to represent Art Along Hudson Exhibition 2009.

Chosen to represent the City of Beacon by creating a City Emblem for Walkway Over the Hudson 2009.

Chosen to be in the book Antologia de Pintores Hispano Americanos, My art will be on the cover of book

along with 8 Pages of pictures and bio inside 2009.

Award of Premio Arte for Art in NYC 2009.

Chosen to exhibit at the Venezuelan Embasy in Washington DC 2009.

Participated in group show COLORS at The Queens Museum of Art 2009

Bourbon Street Chosen to be displayed at Avalon Archives Museum of Roots, Rock and Roll in New York

Two Certificate of Appreciation by Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners Union City, NJ 2009.

Sworn in as a Member of Colegio Nacional de Periodistas de la Republica de Cuba en el Exilio 2009. Board Member 2012-2015

Elected to serve on the board of the Dutchess Arts Council three year term starting 2010.

Certificate of Appreciation by Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners Union City, NJ 2010.

Interview for CAW Magazine in 2009 - 2010

Interview for Hispanic Executive Quarterly 2010.

Who's Who in America 2009 thru 2015

Became a member of French Academy Arts-Sciences-Letters Paris France.

Bronze Medal Arts-Sciences-Lettres Paris, France 2011

Latino Magazine Award 2014 - Queens NY

Artist Statement

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.


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