Berkeley College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Art by Jose Acosta



Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122








In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Berkeley College is exhibiting the artwork of Jose Acosta at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street.  His exhibit will be on display from September 2 through 30.  It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  An artist’s reception will be held on Wednesday, September 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 


Born in San Jose, Cuba, in 1966, Mr. Acosta immigrated with his family to the United States a few years later.  He enjoyed painting from an early age and, in fact, has been creating art as long as he can remember.  In 2003, he enrolled in the Art Students League of New York to further his art education.  While there, he studied with John Hultberg, abstract expressionist and surrealist, who greatly influenced him and encouraged him to pursue his artistic vision.


Always enthusiastic about his art, Mr. Acosta says, “I create paintings characterized by their bright colors, swirling figures, and vibrant energy.  I think my background and conditioning are the ingredients.  I am a Cuban-American and very proud of my Cuban heritage as well as my American citizenship.  Generally, my paintings depict and reflect on my history as well as my surroundings and experiences, while expressing passion from the heart, the mainspring of life.”


Mr. Acosta started his professional career as an artist in 2004 and began to exhibit in galleries and art fairs. That same year, at his first public exhibit, the artist won Best of Show at the Dutchess County, NY, Art Fair.  He continued to exhibit widely and, to date, has shown in over 300 group shows and 15 solo shows.  The World Bank in Washington, D. C. acquired seven of his works at the International Caribbean Art Fair in New York in 2007, and the University of Pennsylvania acquired his painting, “Staying Alive,” to display in its art library in 2008.    


The artist is presently represented by galleries in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, California, and Connecticut.  His work can be found in many public collections, including Lancome; United Cerebral Palsy; Health Families in Beacon, NY; Touro College; and the Rubin Collection.


To view Mr. Acosta’s paintings, visit  For more information about the exhibit, please contact Berkeley Gallery Curator Bob Keiber at or call 212-252-2065.


Photo Caption:  “Sirens,” one of artist Jose Acosta’s paintings on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City, from September 2 through 30.     
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