About the Artist"Angela Manno's work is truly the expression of an artistic soul. Her
vast range of expression, reaching from the precision of sacred
iconographic symbols to the fluidity of her plein air landscapes in
pastel and encaustics, reflects her many-faceted nature and vision. Her
technical skill, combined with her capacity as a creative being, is a rare gift."
Gigi Van Deckter, Cultural writer and commentator
Angela Manno has been a professional artist for the past 25 years and is known for her virtuosity in a vast range of painstaking art forms both east and west, ancient and contemporary.
A graduate of Bard College, Manno studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute, Parson's School of Design and l'Ecole des Arts in Lacoste, France. She was also trained by a contemporary master of batik, the late Jyotirindra Roy. She studied the ancient liturgical art of Byzantine-Russian iconography under master iconographer, Vladislav Andrejev.
Manno is also an award-winning landscape painter, having studied with instructors trained at the Cape School of Art, founded by Charles Hawthorne, a contemporary of Monet who taught the Master's painting technique. Ms. Manno has added fresco painting to her repertoire in recent years, with the completion of a seven-foot fresco at the Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy and a number of mural projects in the United States. Most recently, Manno has begun painting in oils as well as encaustic, an ancient wax-based medium which ties in to her many years experience with batik which also utilizes molten wax.
A three-time grant recipient from the Xerox Corporation, Manno's art has been featured in 20 solo and over 80 group exhibitions. Distinguished venues to exhibit her work include the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and museums from Mexico City to Moscow. Her solo exhibition "Conscious Evolution: The World At One" toured internationally and was seen by more than a quarter of a million people. With the support of private and corporate sponsors - including actor Tom Hanks, AXA Space and Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia - the artwork featured in the exhibition became part of the permanent fine art collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
In 1988, Manno was commissioned by NASA to commemorate the U.S. return to space flight with the launch of Discovery, the first after the Challenger accident. She is the only woman visual artist selected for this honor. Other artists to capture the novelty of space travel for the space agency include Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg and James Wyeth. Her artwork for this assignment has toured throughout the United States and is part of the permanent NASA space art collection at the Kennedy Space Center.
In 2003, her first one-woman exhibition in Provence was received with rave reviews from the French press and the general public. Her plein air landscapes are collected around the globe and are featured in the French documentary film “Voyage au Pays des Lavandes” (Journey to Lavender Country).
Ms. Manno has taught and lectured widely on her work through university and museum programs including Parsons School of Design in New York. Her artwork has appeared and been noted in numerous publications, including ART News, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, The Pastel Journal and Interior Design. Her art is featured in two coffee table books, Visions of Space and In the Stream of Stars: The Soviet American Space Art Book. Her work is documented in the archives on Women Artists at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and resides in private collections in North and South America, Europe and the Middle East. She is listed in the Millennium Editions of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women and is a member of the Pastel Society of America.
Ms. Manno resides in New York City and maintains her studio in Columbia County, New York.
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