About Living In My Skin

The purpose of this project is to shine a light on today’s reality, what it’s like to be a Black man or boy in San Antonio, and to help bring about a better understanding of each other as a community.

“Living in My Skin” features over 30 oil-on-linen portraits by Lionel Sosa of Black men, ages 10 to 90, as well as a two-part film documentary which premiers on PBS station KLRN in February 2021 during Black History Month.


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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