Armando Soto studied at Pratt Institute in New York, receiving a BFA in painting, drawing, and art history. He also studied bilingual special education at the Bank Street College of Education. For many years Armando taught in lower Manhattan for a community organization called Arts Resources for Teachers and Students that collaborated with teachers in developing art projects within the school district. Soto is a collaborative member of the Action Alley Project in Troy, a community group that focuses on creating neighborhood murals created by local youth assisted by an area artist. He has also assisted with art projects at PS.1 in Troy. Armando has consistently shown at the Martinez Gallery since 2004. Currently he is monitoring the Open Studio and teaching Abstract Painting, and Drawing Studio Concepts at The Arts Center. He enjoys meeting and helping people that enjoy developing their creative skills. Armando is currently a member of the Fulton St. Gallery and works out of his studio at the Ilium Building in downtown Troy, which hosts artists’ open studios every Troy Night Out.