Lionel Sosa’s portraits of San Antonio’s Black community.

Lionel Sosa has been painting almost non-stop since last summer when he decided he would join others who wanted to see racial justice a reality. A retired CEO of a highly successful Hispanic marketing firm, Sosa has been painting portraits, mostly of ordinary people, cowboys, blue-collar workers, entertainers, and such, for much of the past ten years.
Sosa assumed a new artistic purpose in June of 2019, when he came upon a poster that stated: “You can’t be anti-racist, unless you’re actively anti-racist.” At that moment, Sosa decided to paint a representation of Black men and boys from the San Antonio community with the aim of giving “better understanding of each other as a community.”

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