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Biography: Alicia Sotomayor, Artist

Alicia Sotomayor's Biography


Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in 1959 and raised in Aguadilla, Alicia Sotomayor started private painting lessons with her teacher, Rosita Lopez, at the age of nine. She attended primary and secondary school in Colegio San Antonio, Isabela. In 1977, Alicia was accepted at the School of Art of the Instituto de Cultura in Old San Juan where her teachers included Myrna Baez and Noemi Ruiz, well-known artists of Puerto Rico.

In 1981, Alicia received a Bachelor of Arts in Plastic Arts - Painting Concentration. She resided in San Francisco, California from 1986 to 1988, and then lived eight years in Florida. Alicia painted oils until 1992 when she decided to experiment with watercolors. Little by little Alicia was learning technique without any formal watercolors courses. Since then Alicia has been recognized as a premiere watercolor artist.

In 1996, Alicia returned to Puerto Rico and began her professional career with her first solo exhibit in Aguadilla in 1997. She volunteered to teach watercolor courses at the Ramey military base in Aguadilla, also the location of her first solo studio.

In 1999, Alicia's painting "Cocos" was chosen for the over of Bienvenidos magazine, a tourism publication of Puerto Rico. Since then her work has been recognized by warm and vivid colors, and especially for her themes of coconuts and fishin boats (yolas).

Alicia's work is recognized as realistic and contemporary. She is also a photographer and supports tourism in every way she can. Alicia currently represents the work of Eddie Soto and totally dedicated to the arts and to helping her fellow artists. Alicia has been a single mother since 1999 raising her two children, Crystal and John . Her home is in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, near the Ramey military base. Alicia operates a studio there as well and is available by appointment only.

Many of Alicia's paintings are in international private collections in Inglaterra, South Africa, the United States and Puerto Rico. On January 2, 2004, two of her paintings were selected for an episode of the television show "Merge", a decorating program aired on the Lifetime Channel.  Alicia was recognized as woman in the arts by the Lions Club of Ramey base in February 2005 and later in April 2005,  the International Lions Club recognized her as “Women in the Arts” with a trophy.

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