In tribute to our son, brother, and friend, Oliver Somoza, we invite you to join us in honoring his big heart and warm smile. Oliver, 37, breathed his last breath on earth, and his first in heaven on the evening of November 26th, 2020. We miss him dearly, but we know he is looking down on us as we honor his memory through pictures, stories, and the tributes we will share on his behalf.
Our son Oliver was a kind and loving brother to his three talented and ambitious sisters, Alba, Anastasia, and Gabriella. He championed their accomplishments and was proud to support them in their pursuits.
One of the many communities we've been a part of over the years is The Shield Institute and its program, Pure Vision Arts. Our family has advocated for and supported their mission for over a decade, and Oliver was no exception. With gusto, he celebrated his sister Alba, an accomplished painter, at art openings and events organized by the Pure Vision Arts Studio, of which she is a part.
The studio in Chelsea is home to New York's first specialized arts program dedicated to celebrating the unique talents of artists with developmental disabilities. On any given day (before the pandemic), up to 25 artists would be actively painting, sculpting, and drawing in the studio. The awe-inspiring works created by Alba Somoza, and the Pure Vision Arts community, have garnered national and international notoriety by mainstream museums, galleries, and collectors.
For us, it's been meaningful to be a part of the organization, because they are like family to us. They have been instrumental in creating opportunities for access and inclusion for this arts community, and in the process, they work to dismantle negative stereotypes about people with disabilities.
If you would like to send a gift, we can think of no better way to honor our son, Oliver, than to support PVA. We believe it would be his greatest wish to be remembered for inspiring you to support this organization and artist community that does so much good.
The Somoza Family