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. MANO 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. Ultimately, MANO believes that we should help however we can and give back to the community. It gives him great satisfaction to know that his art provides an opportunity for him to support so many worthwhile causes.
Today, MANO's art hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the world. He exhibits regularly in galleries, universities and juried art shows throughout the United States and welcomes visits to his studio in Miami by appointment.
MANO lives in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife, their dog and his many canvases
*Operation Pedro Pan was the largest recorded exodus of unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere. From December 1960 to October 1962, more than fourteen thousand Cuban children arrived alone in the United States. Read more about Operation Pedro Pan