José Lerma (b.1971) was born in Spain and grew up in Puerto Rico. He studied political science at Tulane and went on to study law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Wisconsin, a few months shy of graduation, he switched his major to art. Subsequently he was granted a year-long residency in Puerto Rico, and returned to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine before going on to complete the Core Program that is affiliated with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX. His work has been internationally recognized at solo gallery exhibitions most recently at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Xavier Hufkens Brussels; and the Galleria Il Capricorno in Venice.