Kansas City Local artist Vania Soto was born in Juarez, Mexico and began selling paintings at age 13. Inspired by proud cultural icons such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, she connects with her by heritage by maintaining influential traditions from this rich past. Building on this theme, Day of the Dead symbolism is prevalent in her work, again as a way of connecting to the longstanding customs of her family and community and expressing its beauty through art. Her main media is acrylics and she also works in mixed media. She describes her work as realism with a pop of surrealism.
She is the Chair of the Art Professionals committee at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In the committee, she helps with resourcing other local artist with professional Small Business Development programs.