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Raul Manzano
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn

Media:Painting; Drawing;

ARTIST STATEMENT: My paintings have been the focus of social, cultural and political issues. I believe art as a form of expression is an ideal discipline to engage, communicate, create awareness, provoke thought and encourage social change. This process and analysis raises consciousness about individual freedoms and rights, self-empowerment and education. My work is informed by world events, day to day contact with people, my travels and my observations. My preferred medium is oil and pencil. Other mediums I work with include watercolor, acrylics, and collage.

While most of my artistic ideas and exhibitions have been devoted to raise awareness about social issues, I enjoy the pleasure of painting for its own rewarding experience whether I convey a complex ideology, a representational form, or an abstract imagery. The contour/outlines of organic forms or the beauty of nature’s colors captures my imagination thus enriching my visual repertoire. The free spirit of outdoor sketching or a thoughtful rendered drawing energizes my creativity; these notions are depicted or suggested in my artworks for the viewer to discover or interpret them.


Raúl Manzano is an artist, author, and scholar. His paintings have been shown in consulates, museums, galleries, and community centers in Canada, Spain, Israel, and the United States. His scholarly and professional activities include his first drawing book publication, peer review essays, newsletter articles, illustrations for books, scholarly journals and magazine covers. He has presented at conferences in universities, served as juror for exhibition panel committees, and lectured at leading New York City museums to his students and faculty. His doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Museum Studies, is from Union Institute & University. He graduated with an M.A. from SUNY/Empire State College and a B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts.

Through his paintings, he has contributed to raise funds for charity causes, including the Prevailing Human Spirit fund-raising exhibition to help September 11 Charities, at the Society of Illustrators; he co-curated the "AIDS Awareness" exhibition at the Broadway Mall Community Center, both in New York. In his solo show, in Toronto, Canada, he donated proceeds from the sales of his work to help the victims of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano disaster in Armero, Colombia. At two major events in New Jersey and New York, he helped raise funds for the Verizon's New York Hispanic Support Organization Scholarship Fund and for the non-profit Long Island for Colombia's "Proyecto Buenaventura 2006" housing for the poor.

During his tenure as president (1996-2001) of the New York based arts organization West Side Arts Coalition, he established a new vision for the organization presenting exhibits that reflected the times such as AIDS Awareness, 9/11, the Environment, and introduced cultural celebration exhibits in Salute to Hispanic Heritage in collaboration with Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, in 2000, 2001, and 2002. His interaction with the community, businesses and local and international leaders let him to bring the organization to Ashkelon, Israel to exhibit the works of their members, at the Kham Museum (2000), in collaboration with the mayor of that city Hon. Benny Vaknin. Mayor Vaknin awarded Manzano the medal of the city for his service to the arts. Additionally, he organized exhibits at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, NYC public libraries and outdoor festivals. He has received recognition awards for his contribution to the arts and Latino culture from Associación de Hijos y Amigos de Colombia and Farleigh Dickinson University. He is also a recipient and nominated to art awards at several art competitions.


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B.F.A. Illustration and Painting. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1997
M.A. Master of Arts Liberal Studies (MALS) SUNY / Empire State College, New York, NY, 2005. Chosen as valedictorian for the commencement class.
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Humanities and Culture and specialization in Museum Studies. Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

2011 Livingston Gallery, SUNY Empire State College, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Metro Gallery, SUNY Empire State College, New York NY
2007 St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ
2003 General Consul of Colombia, New York, NY
2000 The Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ
1985 General Consul of Colombia, Toronto, Canada

2016 Livingston Gallery, SUNY Empire State College, Brooklyn, NY
2008 SUNY Central Administration Building, Albany, NY
2008 Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas
2003-05 SUNY Empire State College, New York, NY
2003 Equity Properties, Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY
2000-02 Manhattan Borough President’s Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY
2001 Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Khan Museum, Ashkelon, Israel
2000 Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
1998-1999 Asociacion de Hijos y Amigos de Colombia, Paterson Museum, NJ
1995-1999 West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
1996-1997 School of Visual Arts, New York; Barcelona, Spain
1987 Los Angeles Audubon Society, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Artist’s Society International, San Francisco, CA
1985 Oller-Campeche Gallery, New York, NY

•Myth or True Icon? Empire State College Press, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2008.
•Evolving Symbols of America 2000. The Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ, 2000.
•Banguero, Sandra. Artista Colombiano 'en America'. Su Guia 18 June 2004.
•Gallery & Studio. Manzano's America. New York, Notebook Nov/Dec. 2000.
•“Embracing Diversity through Art.” Interview by Union Institute & University. Web News. October 2016.
•Manzano, Raul. "Symbols Grappling for Hope." Interview by Stephen Bracco. Ins&Outs. May 2009.
•Manzano, Raul. "Entre pinceles y tizas." Interview by Sandra Banguero. La Guia del Inmigrante. April 2009.


•Guest artist (art exhibition) at Stony Brook University's W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Annual Gala Presentation, New York. NY. 2005.
•Guest speaker on "The Immigrant Experience" at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ, 2004.
•Juror Panel Painting Committee, Bronx Council of the Arts, Bronx, NY, 2004.
•Guest speaker on "The importance of the arts in society and in the public schools," Academic Achievement Program of the College of Arts and Sciences, New York University, New York, NY, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
•Guest curator for the exhibitions celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Manhattan Borough President's office, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

SUNY / Empire State College, New York, NY
2006- Present Visiting Assistant Professor
2004-2005 Studio Semester Program/Mentor Assistant

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2000-2017 Resident Director of the Summer Program “Painting in Barcelona”
Supervised intermediate and advanced level art students in Barcelona, Spain.

•Multilingual Art Exhibitions at Museums, A Sign That the Time has Come. All About Mentoring, Issue 49, Empire State College, New York, NY. 2016.
•Dissertation: Language, Community, and Translations: An Analysis of Current Multilingual Exhibition Practices among Art Museums in New York City. Union Institute & University. 2015.
•Memoir: Embedded Memories and Creating New Ones in a Complex World. The Atrium a Journal of Academic Voices. Ivy Tech Community College. Valparaiso, Indiana. Fall 2014.
•From Theory to Practice (published on the occasion of the 40th year anniversary of the school). Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY. 2011.
•We, The People, All About Mentoring, Issue 35, spring. Empire State College. New York, NY. 2009.
•Baby Steps to Drawing. New York: Empire State College Press, Saratoga Springs, NY. 2009.

Paintings and Illustrations
•Painting Blind Justice, 2007 oil on canvas, 30"x24" selected for cover page of inaugural issue of the scholarly journal PENUMBRA published by Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH. Fall 2013
•Painting Field of Dreams, 2006 oil on canvas, 30"x24" selected for cover page of 14th Residency Conference “Social Change: Justice, Creativity, and Action.” Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH. Jan. 2013.
•Designed cover illustration for book Black America Cried by Glenda R. Taylor. 2013.
•Designed cover illustration for book Sophia's Exit Strategy by C. Paolo Caruso. 2008.
•Painting Happy Holidays, 2003 oil on canvas, 30"x24" selected for cover page of magazine La Guia del Inmigrante (IACO), Vol. IV, No.4, Passaic, NJ. 2004.

•Participated in annual SUNY Conference of Council of Art Department Chairpersons (CADC) and Council of Museum and Gallery Directors (CMGD). Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY. 2016.
•Participated in Conference Committee Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies for 14th Residency Conference “Social Change: Justice, Creativity, and Action.” Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH. Jan. 2013.
•Conference presentation on "Expressionism for the 21st Century: The Role of the Visual Arts within Latino and Chicano Immigrant Communities." Indiana College English Association Conference at Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso, Indiana. Oct. 2012.
•Conference presentation Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies for 12th Residency Conference on "Expressionism for the 21st Century: The Role of the Visual Arts within Latino and Chicano Immigrant Communities." Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, Jan. 2012.

•West Side Arts Coalition, New York, NY
As president, 1996-2001, I worked with multi-ethnic and multicultural communities, public officials and art groups to enhance the organization’s image, to increase its membership, to conduct and monitor outreach programs and to provide opportunities for artists to showcase their work.

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