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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 Incamminati 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.

In 2006, she was commissioned by the Texas Conference for Women to
do a portrait of keynote speaker Martha Stewart, to whom the artist
personally presented the work.

In 2007 Sosa began to explore the artistic expression of mestisaje, the
blending of peoples, races, ethnicities, languages, ideas, habits and
cultures that characterizes the Texas-Mexico border region that has
been her home since childhood. She received national recognition for
the result of that passion, the traveling exhibition "Huipiles: a
Celebration," which debuted at the Mexican Cultural Institute in
Washington, D.C. as part of the Smithsonian Latino Center's 2007
summer season "Mexico at the Smithsonian" before traveling to the
Museo Alameda in San Antonio in 2008. 2009 saw Sosa's one woman
show at San Antonio's Blue Star Contemporary Art Space. Her work
has been featured on CNN, in FiberArts Magazine, in Skirt!, San
Antonio Woman, Country Lifestyle, Destinations
, and is available in
San Antonio through AnArte Gallery.

Career Highlights

  • 2006 Commission: Portrait of Martha Stewart: Texas Conference for Women, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2007 Mexico at the Smithsonian/Mexican Cultural Institute: "Huipiles: a Celebration" (Artist and Curator), Washington DC.
  • 2007-2008 The Museo Alameda: "Huipiles: a Celebration", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2008 Galeria Ortiz Contemporary: Two Woman Show: "Sosa/Prida Otra Vez", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2008 Shain Gallery: One Woman Show: "Huipiles", Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2009 KChisos Gallery: One Woman Show: Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2008 Blue Star Contemporary Art Space: Dia de los Muertos, "Pan de Anillo", Altars Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2008 Girl Scouts South Texas Commission for New Headquarters Building: "Retrato de Sally Cheever", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2009 Blue Star Contemporary Art Space: One Woman Show: "Trees of Life", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2009 Present Paintings featured on set of WOAI San Antonio Living, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2009 Blue Star Contemporary Art Space: "Blue Star Red Dot", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2010 Say Si: "Dia de los Muertos" Festival Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2010 AnArte Gallery: Kathy Sosa: "Trees of Life", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2010 Centro Cultural Atzlan: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Art Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2011 Blue Star Contemporary Art Space: "Models and Mannequins", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2011 Palo Alto College Gallery: Two Person Show: "Sosa y Sosa", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2011 Avance San Antonio TX: Commission for Headquarters Board Room: "Los Niños On My Mind", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2011 ArtPace: Showcase Artist: Outdoor Arts Festival, "Chalk It Up", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2011 KLRU (PBS): Featured Artist: Dia de los Muertos documentary by Ed Fuentes, Austin, Texas
  • 2012 Museum of Art, Midwestern State University: Kathy Sosa: "Prints and Paintings", Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 2012-2013 Fullerton Museum at Cal State San Bernardino: Kathy Sosa: "Adornment and Identity", San Bernardino, California
  • 2012 University of Texas at San Antonio: Public Collection, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2012 VIDA (Voice for International Development and Adoption) Fundraiser, Hudson, New York
  • 2013 Texas A&M University College Station: James R. Reynolds Art Gallery: "One Woman Show" Bryan College Station, Texas
  • 2013 McNay Gala: “Tree of Life and Death: Rite of Spring On My Mind”, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013 Northwest Vista: Kathy Sosa: “Women’s History Month”, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013 Taylor West: One Women Show: “Art Mixer Featuring Kathy Sosa”, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013 Water Works Visual Arts Center: “Adornment and Identity”, Salisbury, North Carolina
  • 2013, Semmes Library: "Kathy Sosa", San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013 NAO: Oaxacan Festival: “One Women Show”, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2014 Cappy’s: “One Women Show”, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2014 Museum of the Southwest: “Identidad”, Midland, Texas
  • 2014 Charles H. MacNider Art Museum: “Adornment and Identity”, Mason City, Iowa
  • 2014 The Anderson Center for the Arts: “Solo Show”, Anderson, Indiana
  • 2015 Polk Museum of Art: “Her Ethereal Self”, Lakeland, Florida
  • 2015 Paul and Lulu Hilliard Museum of Art: “Her Self”, Lafayette, Louisiana
 
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