Art by Manuel G. Avendano

I have always expressed myself through art. In my early years, drawing and painting took me into a world of my own, and always knew my path in life would lead me to a career as an artist.

Having lived in several small and large cities in Mexico gave me a great source of inspiration, as well as that strong Hispanic influence. My subjects: Mostlypeople in the traditional Hispanic scene: Flamenco dancers, women with sombreros, tango dancers, etc. And it's the female figure what I mostly utilize to give the delicate, beauty factor to my paintings.

In 2001, when I was running my commercial graphics business, I assigned a space for a portrait painting studio. Soon I was too busy to dedicate my time to bothactivities, so I chose to follow my dream and became a full time artist.

Word of mouth did wonders in my favor. I was commissioned to paint some importantpeople in society and politics; then I was hired to paint the portraits of former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Mexican entrepreneur Carlos Slim, and in 2006 I was 
hired to paint a portrait for President Felipe Calderon. Now this paintingis hanging on the walls of the Official House in Mexico City.

In 2007 I moved to the US and established in Southern California. I have met wonderful people in this country and have made great friends.

Mexican President
Vicente Fox
Mexican President
Felipe Calderon
Mexican Entrepreneur
Carlos Slim