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Rogelio Manzo

Born September 1st. 1975
Guadalajara, Mexico

1917 Acari Ave.
Sacramento, Ca 95835

I'm interested in chaos, accident and the harmony and beauty found within. In my work I provoke the accident to later, during the creative process, embrace it looking for reconciliation and homeostasis. I force myself to create then provoke the problem or demolish to then rebuild within it, Is during this forceful battle where I find harmony and beauty.
...our perception of the world and ourselves is grounded on explicit or implicit agreements in society. I'm instigating this conventionalism and exposing the viewer to a visceral discourse concerned with our own bodily integrity and mortality.

My approach, is to be as pragmatic as I can be, which has allowed me to discover and merge different materials and techniques. I spent my childhood and younger years in Mexico, when I had the opportunity I used to go visit artisans to their shops, and in my younger years I traveled to some of Mexico's major art crafts producers states like Jalisco, Michoacan, Oaxaca, and the central Mexican valley, there I visited several shops of recognized artisans, and was inspired by the richness of materials and variety of techniques, color and textures they fearlessly use, their passion to make their work look "hand made" has deeply influenced me on what an art piece should look like.
The process is relatively complex and it has taken me quite some time to be able to understand the materials I use. The pieces are done over resin panels and canvas. On the panels pieces, I use panels that allow me to layer oil paint, image transfers and laser prints or a combination of all, on both the front and the back surfaces to create depth and provide a place for light to play. I work my way through the panels by altering its finish. All this play with back and front of the panel is to try to distort the image and play with the viewer's visual experience. I sometimes, especially in larger pieces, have to cut into little squares the print to be able to handle the transferring process by hand. The face and body are mainly done with oil paint, but sometimes would combine materials here too . I slowly build up a visual effect reminiscent of flesh and bones, through a wet-and-dry-layer-after-layer process, and mixing techniques tendencies of the classic masters like sfumato and chiaroscuro to create drama and a realistic effect. I sometimes would also paint some of the garments on front or back to create additional layers. I'm mostly interested in the expression of the piece with a touch of reality to keep my work grounded to it..

1996-2001 School of Architecture
Instituto Tecnologico de Colima
1998-2000 Escuela de Arte Juan
Arrue (Juan Arrue Art Academy)
Under the instruction of El maestro
Rafael Heredia , Colima Mexico
Diverse drawing, painting
and sculpting workshops.

Solo Shows
2012 'Retratos Hablados'
Jack Fischer Gallery
San Francisco, California
2011 "New Portraits"
Skinner-Howard Contemporary Art
Sacramento California
2010 Skinner-Howard Contemporary Art "Looted" Sacramento California
2008 GLC "Forced Portraits" Sacramento California
2007 Salon 701
Baudelia "Gestures of the Skin" Sacramento, California
2006 Phoenix Gallery
Sacramento California

Selected Group Shows
2012 "Menscape
Galerie C
Neuchâtel Switzerland
2012 "Tormented"
Muriel Guepin Gallery
Brooklin, NY
2011 New Gallery Opening Show
Cube Gallery, London UK
2011 "Intersections" DUCTAC Dubai, UAE
2011 "Viseral Discourse " 2 person exhibition, Artbox Gallery Indianapolis, Indiana
2009 "Off The Grid" Skinner Howard Contemporary Art Gallery Sacramento, California
2009 "Art Vs Walls"
Berlin Germany
2009 "Emergent Art" Goyart International
Sala APP Goya
Zaragoza Spain
2009 "The Fifth Continent"
Civic Centre Barceloneta
Barcelona Spain
2009 The 75th Crocker-Kingsley California's Biennial, Tsakopoulos Galleria Sacramento California 2009
2005 Phoenix Gallery
Sacramento California

Art Fairs:
2011 Red Dot Miami
Artbox Indianapolis
2011 Toronto International Art Fair
Cube Gallery, London
2011 The AAF Bettersea, London
Cube Gallery, London
2011 The AAF Hampstead, London
Cube Gallery, London
2011 AAF New York
Patrajdas Contemporary
Chicago, IL
2011 artMRKT Houston
Jack Fischer Gallery
San Francisco, CA
2011 artMRKT San Francisco
Jack Fischer Gallery
San Francisco, CA
2011 artMRKT
Patrajdas Contemporary
Hamptons, NY
2011 Art Chicago
Artbox Gallery
Indianapolis, IN
2010 Aqua Miami
Jack Fischer Gallery Sn. Francisco
Miami, Florida
2009 Agrigento Art
Mostra Internazionale D'Arte Segnali del Tempo 2009
Agrigento/Sicilia, Italy
2009 beArt/CABE and Arteria 6th Edition Monzon Huesca Spain