SotoBis Gallery it is a nomadic gallery with a line of art artists, emerging, and photographers selected by José Soto. It also acts as a management, curatorial and critical platform. It is called a nomad because it does not operate in a defined or permanent space, seeking to function flexibly and without geographical ties, it adapts to the times and needs of the artists and founder; Without physical limitation, its commitment is to empower artists, place them in their career process, create audiences and encourage collecting in cities with limited exhibition and marketing spaces. In addition, SotoBis Gallery exhibits Latin artists in cities of other continents as it has certain commercial spaces of art, thanks to its numerous contacts.
SotoBis Gallery opened to the Colombian public, within the framework of the fifth edition of the BARCU Culture Fair, in the La Candelaria District of Bogotá on October 24, 2018.
Born in Saint-Germain in Laye (France) in 1959, José Soto lived there until 1984, the year he embarked on painting, combining his passion with love of adventure and change of geographical location. He then spent a long time traveling to sell his paintings, first in France and then in various European countries before setting out to conquer South and North America. In 1999, he settled in his workshop located in Mexico on a hill facing the Pacific Ocean (Mazunte – Oaxaca), while he continued exhibiting his work in the galleries that represented him (Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Basel, Dubai) ..
In 2004, Soto decided to leave the painting to go to the other side of the mirror and became a gallery owner in the Brussels Sablones, this new challenge fascinated him and there were plenty of projects as a gallery owner, initiator of art fairs, manager of artistic links, director and promoter of different galleries. He then spent a lot of time between Europe and the United States selling and promoting the artists around him.
Among the most important projects developed by José Soto are his management and the foundation of the FuturArt art center, with the Soto gallery in Brussels; the promotion of African racial art, through the Artrip project, which introduced European artists to African ethnic art, thus allowing a cultural and artistic exchange with local painters from Senegal; the artistic direction of Private View, the Europart gallery in Asheville (USA); and the participation of a number of art fairs. In 2008, he settled in Miami from where he continued to participate in fairs and shows on the east coast. Since 2017, José Soto has been in Colombia to promote the headquarters of the French SotoBis foundation with which he intends to originate a new cultural approach in the country and Latin America.