TOM ACOSTA
Tom Acosta was born in Iaegar, West Virginia, the son of a Mexican-American coal miner and a Scots-Irish mother. With the exception of a high school art class, he is entirely self-taught. Growing up, his family lacked an automobile and was so poor that the budding artist used heavy cream instead of glue to attach his youthful renderings to the wall.

Throughout his career, Acosta’s work has been an emotional exploration of his own background as the American outsider, first as a Mexican-American living in coal mining country, and again as a person from the Appalachian Mountains living in the larger context of mainstream American culture. “My work involves me speaking from the heart about the significant people and events in my life, including my father, who was born in a boxcar outside of Chicago, whose life was marked by sacrifice and suffering,” Acosta says. These experiences shine through in his work.

Acosta began his career with oils, and later worked in both watercolor and acrylics. Today he relies heavily on oil painted on wood panel.



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