Gladiola Sotomayor was born on the island of Puerto Rico and has been an Educator for 20 plus years with experience teaching early childhood level to University students. Her vast experience in pedagogy and her immersion of live art as part of the classroom experience has made her a recipient of the National Board Certification Award.

Other Awards include: Best of Show and twice People's Choice Awards from the Orlando Museum of Art 1st Thursday Events.  Honorary 1st place mention from the Osceola Arts Hispanic Culture Exhibition, Honorary Mention from Mayaguez Centro Exhibition and Honorary Mention Award from Women in the Arts. Her works are also in the private collections of El Museo del Barrio in New York, Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia and Casa Alonso in Puerto Rico. 

She has exhibited in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, California and Florida.   She has also exhibited in the Caribbean and  in a Women's Art Show in "El Museo de Acuarela" in Mexico. A collaborative piece was also exhibited in France

Sotomayor has a MA from the University of Phoenix in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and a  Masters with a concentration in painting from the  University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


She divides her time between working in the studio and teaching art.

Her works can be found in private and public sectors in her homeland and abroad.


By using a combination of surrealism and imaginative elements in her works and incorporating symbolic language she communicates different moments and stages of life. Gladiola states in her own words, " As an artist I am committed with the transformation of the perception of our own Humanity.