Erik R. Sosa to donate 50% of art proceeds to local LGBT groups

Thu. September 30, 2010 11:33 AM

One night art show benefits the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted

Chicago, IL - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago will close its AIDS Run/Walk with a celebration featuring new paintings by artist Erik R. Sosa, creator of the 20th anniversary AIDS Run/Walk Chicago and Milwaukee tee shirts. Sosa will also be donating 50% of the proceeds to the AFC and Center on Halsted.

Meet this exceptional artist at the opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 pm. The opening reception will feature light appetizers, wine for purchase and a first look at the exciting new work by Sosa. The exhibition is a one night event. Shirt still available after the Chicago AIDS Run/Walk will be also available for purchase at the event.

After moving from Chicago three years ago after adopting two boys and moving to Kenosha, Sosa has been busy building and expanding his brand in the Midwest. Sosa believes that everyone has a talent and gift. His is the ability to view the canvas as a means of self expression. "As an abstract expressionist, I at first didn't define myself to any one particular style," says Sosa. "However, now that I am raising children and live out in the country, I feel a bit more grounded and have found a couple of styles –Paper Dolls and Souls - that define me as a person and artist."

Sosa's passion for art is carried over to his passion of supporting the non-profit community. In the past he has donated pieces of work to benefit such diverse organizations as, Victor C. Neumann Association, Vital Bridges, Spanish Coalition for Jobs and Heartland, to name just a few. His artwork that was auctioned off at the 2005 AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual gala helped raise an additional $1,000 for that organization.

Sosa's incredible talent and vision have helped him earn the coveted VOX/Out Emerging Voices of Style + Design award in 2005. Currently, Sosa is spearheading a six week Art Expression seminar for the AIDS Resources Center of Wisconsin to those affected by HIV/AIDS

Sosa is a self-taught Mexican-American artist, born in Mexico City who left Chicago in 2007 to raise two boys from Guatemala with his partner. For more information about Erik R. Sosa, his work, and upcoming exhibition visit

From press release