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Manuel Solano

Mexican, b. 1987

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Manuel Solano

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Mexican, b. 1987

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Biography

In contrast to his past work—videos and internet-based art rooted in issues of over sharing and the manipulation of identity—Manuel Solano has worked almost exclusively with paint on paper in recent years. After losing his sight to an HIV-related bacterial infection, Solano began painting as a distraction from the pain, allowing the activity to become a form of release and temporary escape. Solano’s paintings are centered on his identity as a transgender person living with HIV, often addressing memories, identity, and the artist’s past as a means of making sense of the present. His text-based works and portraits, which are made with inexpensive paints and paper, reflect the necessity of his art making and contain references with deep personal meanings.

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Biography

In contrast to his past work—videos and internet-based art rooted in issues of over sharing and the manipulation of identity—Manuel Solano has worked almost exclusively with paint on paper in recent years. After losing his sight to an HIV-related bacterial infection, Solano began painting as a distraction from the pain, allowing the activity to become a form of release and temporary escape. Solano’s paintings are centered on his identity as a transgender person living with HIV, often addressing memories, identity, and the artist’s past as a means of making sense of the present. His text-based works and portraits, which are made with inexpensive paints and paper, reflect the necessity of his art making and contain references with deep personal meanings.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
ArtReview, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
New Museum Triennial
Articles Featuring Manuel Solano
The Artsy Vanguard 2019: 50 Artists to Know Right Now
Sep 16th, 2019
The Artsy Vanguard 2019: 50 Artists to Know Right Now
15 Young LGBTQ Artists Driving Contemporary Art Forward
Jun 7th, 2019
15 Young LGBTQ Artists Driving Contemporary Art Forward
The New Museum Triennial Asks: Can Artists Sabotage the Status Quo?
Feb 12th, 2018
The New Museum Triennial Asks: Can Artists Sabotage the Status Quo?
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