Josie Gonzalez

Photo Credit: Sarita Austin

Artist Bio

Born in New York City to Puerto Rican/Boriken parents, as a young artist Josie Gonzalez interned with Cityarts Mural Workshop, and apprenticed with artist Jorge Soto Sanchez at Taller Boricua in East Harlem, New York, while completing her BA in fine arts at Queens College. She also worked with NYC’s Murals in the Parks program. Recent works include the MTA “Children at Play’, stained glass windows at the Woodlawn Avenue station in 2006 in the Bronx; FBHC’s ‘Jacob’s Place’ mural in 2008 at the Jacob’s Place building in the Bronx, and she is currently at work on a mural in the Throggs Neck area of the Bronx, sponsored by a 2014 Community Arts grant she received from The Bronx Council on the Arts and Department of Cultural Affairs.

Her paintings and mixed media works have been exhibited in numerous NY galleries, including the Lehman, Rush and Point, as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gonzalez has received numerous community awards, including national recognition by Public Libraries for outstanding projects, and she has served as a panelist for the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Her work has also been published in the MTA Arts for Transit book ‘Art Along The Way’, and she was selected to be included in the 2014 Bronx Artist Documentary Project (BxADP). As an arts educator, Gonzalez works to activate and organize community groups, facilitate art events for hospital audiences with Artworks/the Naomi Cohain foundation and as a museum educator with the N-Y Historical Society Museum.