Mano Sotelo

Artist bio

Mano Sotelo: BFA Otis Art Institute Parsons School of Design, MFA in Painting from Academy of Art University. Mano’s work has been exhibited at the Coutts Museum of Art, Alexandria Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Coos Art Museum, 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 and International Artist Magazine. His work can be seen at or Instagram: @manosoteloartist


Overcome the World, Savior 6



Artist Statement

My overall artistic practice can be divided into two general categories: observational, and the contemplation of beliefs and values. My main objectives in painting are: observation, contemplation, meditation and prayer.

How it fits into contest

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. One part of that is Soteriology, the study of religious doctrines of salvation. Comparing various ideas about what salvation is and how it is obtained through a particular religion. One definition of salvation is the deliverance from sin or evil.

This painting reflects the idea that our salvation from evil or sin is about personal accountability. If we want order and peace in the world, we should look to first achieve peace or psychological order within.


Mano Sotelo

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