DIALOGUE is a collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Artist Members from the CCA are invited to pair the work they create with art currently on view at The Grace and speak about the connections between the two. The next artist to present will be Manny De Los Santos.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Manny is a traditional and digital artist with a passion for teaching and passing on life experiences as well as art experiences.
Manny grew up in Abilene graduating from Abilene High School in 2002. Shortly after graduating, he shipped to Recruit Training in San Diego to train and become a United State Marine. After 12 years of honorable service in many countries, in combat and humanitarian missions, Manny returned to Abilene to begin his formal undergraduate education. Manny graduated with Honors from Texas State Technical College with an Associates Degree in Digital Art, and soon started attending McMurry University in pursuit of his Bachelors of Fine Arts.
Manny was accepted as an Emerging Artist Member at the Center for Contemporary Arts in September of 2015. Manny volunteered as a caricature artist for the CALF festival for three years, and also remains an active member of the Dirty Drawers figure drawing community. In fact in 2018 Manny became an Art Reach Instructor teaching and facilitating the Dirty Drawers figure drawing classes at the Center. Manny also teaches a basic elements of art class at the Taylor County jail.
“I believe art is a basic human coping mechanism. It is a innate ability we all posses. Sadly, at some point we suppress the urge to create art, but we all remember coloring or drawing stick figures with a stick in the dirt. I have a drive to help uncover that urge in all artists of all ages and spread the love of appreciating and creating art in all kinds of mediums. Art therapy is for everyone.”
Manny enjoys all types of music and art forms, and a huge appreciation for the modern “Low Brow” art movement, as well as a deep affinity for the traditional master’s work of the renaissance. Manny considers himself a modern renaissance man.
“I love art and music, but those are only a few of my loves and talents. I am a mechanic, a scholar, a martial artist. I love learning about everything. I can thank my mom for nurturing my curiosity and encouraging me to learn about everything that piqued my interest.”
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