“MANO Fine Art, studio/Project Space will exhibit ‘ID: Self Identification,’ an exploration of identity through immigration.
MANO will have an opening reception at his studio on August 28, 2010, in a new location conveniently located for those living in the west part of Miami: Bird Road Art District.
Selections from MANO’s ID collection were recently exhibited in Arizona and at Arte Americas Art Fair in Miami Beach.
This fall, several of the pieces will be included in the fifth annual Latin Visual Arts Biennial exhibition at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art in Connecticut.
Cuban-born MANO came to the United States as part of ‘Operation Pedro Pan,’ at the age of twelve, with his older brother. For the next five years he lived in Westfield, New Jersey with family friends until he was reunited with his parents.
Although MANO graduated as an electrical engineer and successfully practiced his profession for more than twenty years, he always felt the need to express himself artistically and beyond the design concepts of engineering. MANO has now traded components and electronics for a new career in art.
He is a self-taught artist who has developed a unique expressionist-style dominated by faces and the female form.
Usually his faces are merely a point of departure for MANO to explore the interplay of contrasting colors on a myriad of surfaces.
When asked what inspires him, MANO says “Everything…people, music, nature all lead me on journey’s through the imagination where images converge and forms and color captivate me. Observation of the mind’s creation allows me to assimilate and recreate, in my own style, the shades of color and images of form”.
MANO has been recognized by Miami Mayor Alex Pinellas and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for his contribution to Miami’s cultural community. He has been featured in numerous publications among them; The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, South Miami Times, The Sun Post, Miami Art Guide and the Pittsburgh Tribune.
MANO has been recognized by the art and cultural community in South Florida with special recognition by the Arts & Cultural Council of Miami, Miami-Dade County ‘s Hispanic Expressions, Naples Art Festival and Sister Cities International Art Exhibition.
MANO is a true advocate of charitable causes and donates his time and talent regularly to support countless organizations each year through the donation of his art, lectures and workshops.
He lives in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife, Cuqui, their dog and his many canvases
MANO Fine Art Studio Project Space is located at 4225 SW 75 Avenue, 2nd Floor, Miami, Fl.
Additional information: 305-467-6819