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Mano Sotelo

Title: Instructional Faculty - ART

Campus: West Campus


Mano’s work has been exhibited at the Coutts Museum of Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Coos Art Museum, Haggin Museum, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Desert Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, local and national juried and invitational shows, and a variety of Tucson galleries. Mano’s work has also been highlighted in competitions hosted by The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist Magazine, and American Art Awards.​

Mano is currently Visual Arts faculty at Pima Community College where he teaches drawing, painting, figure drawing, color, composition and design courses. He has over 18 years of higher education teaching experience and has taught courses at Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA), Artist Network University (online), and The Drawing Studio.​

Appointed by the Tucson City Manager, Mano is a former member of the Tucson Public Art and Community Design Committee. Prior to teaching, Mano worked for several years as a production manager and graphic designer within the graphic arts, printing and publishing industries.

B.F.A. Otis Art Institute Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles CA
M.F.A. Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
M.B.A. University of Phoenix, Tucson AZ
U.S. Army Reserve / Army National Guard, Long Beach, CA & Yonkers, NY

My artistic practice includes observation, contemplation, meditation and prayer through painting.

Observation / Meditation

Observational painting and drawing is an exercise in mindfulness. In this practice, one can question their assumptions of what they think they are observing, become more aware and focused, solve problems, make deliberate decisions and ultimately recognize their accountability for the outcome.

Contemplation / Allegory

I’m interested in belief and value systems (i.e., philosophy, psychology, religion, and mythology), and the study of inherited truths. Specifically, how we create our own realities every day through the adoption of prescribed precepts and unquestioned thoughts we entertain as the truth.

Contemplative Prayer (Prayer / Angel Series)

This part of my work allows for a connection with something much bigger than my everyday life. The series includes signs and symbols that point to archetypes, patterns and dichotomies found in myth and belief systems around the world.

For the complete artist statement, please visit Mano Sotelo website

To see more of Mano’s work: Mano Sotelo website or Instagram: manosoteloartist

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