Veronica DeAnda Tosten, our friend and Dallas based artist, is finally at rest after her six-year struggle with cancer. She was 33. Veronica is survived by her husband and fellow artist, Erik Tosten, her mother Maria, her father Ruben, and her sisters Debrah, Norma, Sandra, and brother Ruben II.
Veronica was known by all of her friends to possess an unfailingly sharp wit, peppered with a dry sense of humor. She was a quiet observer by nature; an aspect of her personality that featured heavily in her work.
In an art practice reminiscent of her small stature and soft manner, Veronica was inclined to favor the intimate over the grand, and the subtle over the overt. Her pieces are rife with quiet humor and poignancy, and while on the surface are generally light-hearted, suggest a greater narrative that speaks to the power and influence of the gentle. Her pieces deal with weighty subjects without threat or fear. Her work is accessible. This is its strength–it is small and quiet, intimate and inviting, yet is imbued with a resolution that speaks volumes.
Veronica received her BFA in painting at the University of Texas at El Paso. She went on to receive an MFA in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas in 2003. In addition, Veronica served faithfully and without equal for five years as a board member at 500X Gallery, even as her condition continued to deteriorate. After her time at 500X, Veronica worked as the Gallery Director at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery and continued to innovate her own work, all the while doing her best to maintain her health.
All of her friends and family, and the whole of the Dallas/Fort Worth Arts Community will sorely miss Veronica. She had a hard and valiant struggle with her illness and her respite had been a long time coming, but she rarely complained. That same resolution seen in her work is a reflection of its creator; her strength speaks volumes. Still, Veronica’s relief was overdue. As a close friend remarked most aptly on the day of her passing, “Your battle was so long…get some rest now”.
We will all miss you, Veronica.
The preceding was provided by Jim Burton, former board member of 500X Gallery, Adjunct Professor of Art, University of North Texas and friend.
Memorial at 500X Gallery
A memorial for Veronica will be at 500X Gallery this Saturday, February 13, from 2-5 p.m. A slide show celebrating Veronica’s life and art will be playing during the memorial. A eulogy written by Veronica will be read at the midpoint of the memorial. Veronica’s husband, Erik, would like donations be made to EASL in lieu of flowers.