Mano Sotelo

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Mano holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Otis Art Institute Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, a master’s in fine arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. His paintings have been exhibited in museums nationwide, local and national juried and invitational shows, and a variety of Tucson galleries. Mano has over 12 years of teaching experience in higher education, instructing in fine art, commercial art, marketing, and general education. He is a former appointed member of the Tucson Public Art and Community Design Committee.

Artist Statement

My art combines representation from observation and allegory. Observational painting and drawing is an exercise in mindfulness and provides me with an increased understanding of my external and internal world. In this practice, I question my assumptions, become more aware, solve problems, make deliberate decisions and ultimately recognize my accountability for the outcome. Through the process of critical observation and thinking, I receive feedback on the profound impact of my thoughts, judgments, beliefs and consciousness. For these reasons, observational practice has become a foundational component for the rest of my artistic work.