Nelson Santos is the Executive Director of Visual AIDS, and non-profit arts organization that utilizes art to fight AIDS by producing exhibitions and art projects that provoke dialogue, and supports HIV+ artists. Santos has worked with such artist as Nayland Blake, A.K. Burns, Kay Rosen, Amos Mac, J. Morrison, Chris Johanson, Carrie Moyer, Aaron Cobbett and many other established and up-and-coming artists to design AIDS Awareness projects, including posters, buttons, tote bags, and Safer Sex trading cards that are distributed nationally. Santos is also responsible for organizing several critically acclaimed art exhibitions and film screening in New York, Miami, Washington DC, and Toronto, Canada. He as worked with over 200 artists and curators on Visual AIDS projects. He recently edited “NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS” which will be published in June 2013.
Santos is also an artist living in Brooklyn. He received a BA from San Jose University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Santos has been an instructor and visiting lecturer at various universities and conferences in Chicago and New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and he has written for The Journal of Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Museum. Santos is proud to say he was knighted by The Imperial Court of New York in for his work as an art AIDS activist.