Manuel Pardo by Mike McGee
Universo Soñado in Technicolor

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Manuel Pardo: Universo Soñado in Technicolor (a universe dreamed in Technicolor) is a two-hundred-and-thirty-page full-color book published on the occasion of the exhibition Manuel Pardo-Stardust: at the Cal State University Fullerton, Begovich Gallery, April 9-May 12, 2011. Drawing from his life experiences, pop culture and fine art references, Pardo has developed a distinctly unique style: His comic strip and cartoon influenced figures and imagery are constructed of pert flat local color, ornate handcrafted lines and decorative patterns. He routinely works in series of repeated like images with slight variations. Just beyond the sensual appeal of Pardo's drawings and paintings are pointed references to gender, mortality, ethnicity and other issues regarding the human condition-not the least of which is his struggle with sexual identity and acceptance as a gay male Cuban American.

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Emigrating from Cuba in 1962 at the age of ten, Manuel Pardo left behind both his family and Fidel Castro's communist regime to begin a new life in the United States. His mother, Gladys Pardo joined him and his sister in 1966. In tribute to his mother, Pardo was most known for his series of portraits featuring a glamorous, impeccably dressed, beautiful woman. These artworks represent a shrine to his mother expressing his gratitude by drawing her amidst the luxuries she sacrificed to provide for her children. Pardo's works have been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Mexico.
Published April 1, 2011 by Grand Central Press. 271 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography.