Kathy Sosa: Arboles 2.0
In “Arboles 2.0,” Kathy Sosa introduces new works to the Tree of Life Series. These paintings re-interpret the traditional folk art form, the 3-dimensional Tree of Life, into 2-dimensions, adding a contemporary edge. The paintings depict modern women integrated with Trees of Life. Influenced by 18th and 19th century Spanish and Mexican portraiture, iconic religious images and masks they are elaborate with ornamentation. Inspired by folk art, the intended effect is quirky and unpretentious. Each tree of life incorporates a set of thematic figures that represents what the woman is thinking, or obsessing about at the imagined moment.
About the Artist
Kathy Sosa reinvented herself when she stepped off the fast track of the advertising world and moved, with her husband Lionel Sosa, to a small town south of San Antonio, Texas. The couple re-created a classic Texas farmhouse and turned an existing workshop on the property into a painting studio for Lionel, where artistic friends and family regularly joined in for artistic practice and study.
Tired of merely watching the group paint, Kathy picked up a paintbrush for the first time at age 45. Soon after, she began studying with renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminat in Philadelphia. In 2006 she began experimenting with a form of mixed media portraiture, which combined her oil portraits with textiles and wallpapers from her extensive collection.
Exhibition Opening Evening
Friday, July 5, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Free and open to the public.
Art exhibit on view through July 31, 2019