Mano Sotelo

Mano Sotelo

Tucson, AZ, United States

About Mano Sotelo

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My artistic practice can be divided into two general categories: observational, and the contemplation of beliefs and values. The collections here correspond with the painting categories found on my website: Allegory (Spirituality), Contemplative Prayer (Angels), and Regional (Observational). Ultimately, it's about observation, contemplation, meditation and prayer through painting.

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.

Whether we are dealing with the topics of religion, politics, or social norms, we often take directions unquestionably. We assume we are given truths that are absolute, truths that are forever static or are for others to determine and adjust.

It is important for people to make up their own minds; therefore, my work is not about teaching a certain perspective. Instead its purpose is to raise awareness to a topic so that the focus is firmly set on the viewer’s perceptions, giving them an opportunity to question issues for themselves.


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


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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.