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“(Manny does) Art that makes you smile.”
— Phil Stanfield (Art Collector)
Manny Burruel is a printmaker and painter. His subject matter is often autobiographical. He likes to use objects and images that represent his past and may trigger a personal connection for the viewer. Born in Navajoa, Mexico, he was adopted weeks after being born and was raised in West Phoenix. He grew up in a Latino family and that culture is significant to his identity but at times he still feels separate from the Latin cultural norms.
Burruel was interested in drafting at an early age and studied drafting in high school and Phoenix Community College, which led to becoming a draftsman for the Maricopa County Highway Department in his early twenties. He still dreamed of becoming a professional artist and in the '90s studied art at Glendale Community College, soon after he was juried into the MARS (Movimiento Artistico del Rio Salado) Art Space, and has since shown his work in galleries and museums throughout Arizona. He is currently an affiliated artist with XICO Arte y Cultura. Burruel's work was included in Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, a book published by the Arizona State University Hispanic Research Center in 2002. More of his work can be seen at mannysartgallery.com.