'Puerto Rican Sugar Cane Cutter, 1941' Copyright Julio Cotto 1999. Pencil sketch.
The Creators of NYC: Artist and Actor Julio Cotto
Josh Wool spent a decade as an executive chef, opening restaurants across the south. But all that changed in 2010, when the carpal tunnel in his hands meant he could no longer work. To keep from going stir crazy, he picked up a camera and found his next calling. Two years, thousands of portraits, and a move to New York later, Wool is documenting the people who inspire him on a daily basis. Welcome to the final chapter of Creators of NYC.
After a long stay in the south honing his craft, Bronx-born artist and actor Julio Cotto recently returned to New York to make a go of it in the art world. Cotto is self-taught; he has illustrated comic books and greeting cards, painted carousel horses, played an Iraqi sniper in Army Wives, and worked as a graphic artist in Greenville, SC. He’s now working on a series of illustrations inspired by encyclopedia pages.I’ve known his work for a decade, but I didn’t meet Cotto until recently, when we spent a day walking around Williamsburg.
You’ve been in NYC for a year now. How has the transition been?Moving here from clean, friendly, laid-back Charleston would have been much more of a culture shock had I not spent the first several years of my life in the South Bronx. Insane things happened to me this first year back in New York. Roommates, rats, pit bulls, cops and robbers, oh, my! I’ve got stories.
'The Descent' Copyright Julio Cotto 2008.
'The Reluctant Bride' Copyright Julio Cotto 2010.
‘Divide and Conquer’ American Evolution Series, Copyright Julio Cotto 2011.
Julio Cotto with ‘Father’s Shadow’ and ‘Hiding in an Indian Summer’ at the state-of-the-art web development offices of Blue Ion in Charleston, SC in 2013.
'American Peril' (part of a $INNER series)Copyright Julio Cotto 2008. Acrylic on a discarded studio windowpane.