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Posted April 20, 2012 by publisher in Cuban American Culture

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

On May 5, 2012 at the Arts Society of Kingston and Jose Acosta will be hosting an art event featuring beautiful art, Latin music and Cuban and Italian food.

La Orquesta de Los Taino will be entertaining the crowd and if you have been to Cuban American artist Jose Acosta’s art exhibitions in the past then you know what a wonderful event this will be.

For those of you that have not been to a Jose Acosta art exhibition well you can expect Cuban American art that is full of happiness, joy and color along with fantastic music by La Orquesta de Los Taino. All the food and drinks will be prepared by Jose and his family.

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 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 Fair. He has continued to exhibit widely since 2004 in a number of solo and group shows. By 2011, he has shown in over 400 group shows and has had 22 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 2009 he won Premio Arte in NYC.

In 2010 he became a member of the French Academy Arts-Sciences-Letters and in 2011 he won the Bronze Medal in Art awarded by French Academy Arts-Sciences-Letters.

His works can be found in over 400 private collections worldwide, and in many public collections, including: Lancôme, The World Bank, University of Pennsylvania, United Cerebral Palsy, Healthy Families Beacon, Touro College, and the Rubin Collection.

Cuban American artist Jose Acosta currently lives in Poughkeepsie, NY.

May 5, 2012 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Arts Society of Kingston

97 Broadway, Kingston New York 12401

(845) 338-0331

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