OSVALDO PERDOMO was born in Cuba and moved to Puerto Rico with his family as a child in 1970. He received his education in Business Administration in Puerto Rico and in 1983 he moved to New Orleans, where he lived for six years. His desire for adventure and success made him moved to New York City, where he has made his home since 1989. Osvaldo developed his creativity and started expressing his passion for life through his art after he learned about his AIDS diagnosis at the end of 2004. Through painting and drawing classes he was able to escape from the fear of death, and at the same time he found his new passion in life: painting.
Osvaldo, who excelled in the fashion industry working as an Senior Account Executive with fashion houses as Tommy Hilfiger, Jones New York, Kenneth Cole and Liz Claiborne was forced to go on long term disability short after his AIDS diagnosis. When health and energy permits, Osvaldo occupies his time painting and he enjoys taking photographs in appreciation for his second chance in life. He is the recipient of the Second Prize Award for the photography contest, Fight HIV Your Way, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2006 and his image traveled for exhibitions in NYC, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The awarded photograph was printed in the hard cover book for this contest among 300 winning images in the contest. Perdomo also received an Acknowledge Mention from the Art Student League of New York in 2009 for one of his paintings (created in 2005) while he was taking a painting class in the school.
Mr. Perdomo has been co-curating Art & AIDS group exhibitions for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) since 2009 in an effort to minimize AIDS stigma, raise awareness and enhance the spirit and promote the art work of emerging and established artists who are living with HIV/AIDS. He is also an educator for HIV prevention to high school students and was appointed to GMHC Board of Directors in June 2010 where he does community services and raises funds for GMHC, the oldest HIV/AIDS organization in the country founded in 1982, which todays assists over 10,000 people in New York City who are living or affected by HIV/AIDS.