Winner of the Pulse Inaugural Student Artist VIP Scholarship: Andrew Michael Sotiriou

Andrew Sotiriou was chosen among many submissions to receive our Student Artist VIP Scholarship because the work he submitted showed courage to explore with figures by using stream-of-consciousness-like mark making. The samples he submitted were honest in their approach, unafraid to explore confused emotions, indicative of a young artist who is socially, as well as aesthetically, conscious. Andrew Sotiriou explores art to “understand the world differently” and uses mark making as his medium because “the right mark in the right place can make an image sing.”

Andrew Sotiriou is native to New Hyde Park, where he was valedictorian at Great Neck South High School (Class of 2009). He is majoring in Art and English at Yale College and has just completed a summer program in the south of France where he practiced not only his skill, but also the art of discipline—the program kept him in the studio for 12-15 hours a day, seven days a week for weeks.