Association of Hispanic Arts
New York, NY
$10,000 for the immediate conservation needs of the painter/sculptor’s work, organized by AHA director Nicholas Arture, art historian Mario Cesar-Romero and the artist’s family members. Of Puerto Rican decent, Soto-Sanchez was raised in New York City and lived in a bi-cultural environment. His paintings of voluminous figures, repeatedly outlined in tight urban environments, combine images of Afro-Puerto Rican artifacts, lettering from subway graffiti, and themes that relate to Santería. Soto-Sanchez spiritually and intellectually articulated the transnational evolution of Latino demographics in the United States.