Abdiel Acosta was raised in Miami, Florida where he attended New World School of Arts High School. He received a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland. During his time at Maryland, Acosta was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, Maryland Institute Scholarship, National Art Honor Society Scholarship, Seymour Mandeldaum, and the William Ferguson Merit Scholarship. He also earned an Honorable Mention Award from the National Endowment of the Arts, National Art Honor Society Scholarship, and Liquitex Excellence in Art Student Grant. Acosta received his Masters of Science in Art Education at Florida International University. Graduating with honors for outstanding Academic Achievement, and awarded the Florida International University Provost award for Outstanding Creative Project. His art work has been published in the Mystic River Press, Latin Network for the Visual Arts Biannual Catalogue 2006-2014, School of Education and Human Development cover page and back page for the year in review magazine 2015 FIU Arts, and Caliban Online. In addition, Acosta participated in group exhibitions at the Coral Gables Museum, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at the University of Connecticut, Little Haiti Cultural Center Gallery, Art Center/South Florida, Miami International University of Art and Design, San Carlos Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, New World School of the Arts, and Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Mr. Acosta has been a full-time teacher with Miami Dade County Public Schools at Phyllis Ruth Miller Elementary School since 2005.