Virginia artist celebrates coronavirus recovery through portrait series

Portraits of recovery
Portraits of recovery

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond, Virginia artist, hoping to share messages of hope, is using his talent to show the faces of recovered coronavirus patients.

Two weeks ago Alfonso Perez Acosta put a call out on social media asking for the images and stories of people who have overcome COVID-19.

“With my art, I needed to connect creatively with the situation,” he explains. “It was a healing moment of understanding - in the middle of the storm there is a positive way of looking at it and a creative way of going through it.”

Perez Acosta uses his iPad and drawing software to electronically recreate the photos of people who have recovered. Since first asking for stories, he has completed 13 portraits. Perez Acosta says it takes him about two hours to complete a drawing.