Manuel Padilla Gallery

original fine art 

Manuel Padilla’s extraordinary paintings capture the essence of life through his unique treatment of light and dramatic use of color. He is intrigued by both abstract and representational elements that he incorporates in his designs. His elegant compositions usually represent physical or imaginative places, often from dreams. He delights in creating works that capture emotional energy and spiritual light. Inspired by his love of music, Manuel uses long, expressive brushstrokes to create his passionate works of art.


Raised in Santa Rosa, Texas, Manuel Padilla began creating art at a very young age. Encouraged and supported by his artistic family, he excelled early on. He received numerous awards for his talent through college, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas- Pan American in 1993. He also received Certification in Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute of San Francisco.


Manuel began his artistic career in store design, decorating large department stores. He then worked as a gallery director for several years in Houston, Texas before opening his own art gallery, DNM Art Group, in 1999. The gallery was moved to Dallas, Texas in 2008 and was renamed Padilla Gallery.


Manuel has since exploded onto the art scene. Manuel has become a major player in the field of art with major shows including the International Artexpo in New York and the International Artexpo in San Francisco. He was invited by the Edna Hibel group to participate in a national tour where he presented his art along with world renown artists Edna Hibel and Pierre Matisse, grandson of Henri Matisse, where his work was received with great enthusiasm.


Padilla’s work is advertised in major art magazines including Southwest Art and Les Avenues. Private and corporate collectors worldwide seek his work. He actively participates in several national fundraisers, donating his time as well as his talent to support the arts and other community organizations including the Sunshine Kids and the American Red Cross. Padilla donates artwork to help raise funds for the Academy of Fine Arts Foundation, an organization that is supported by Hollywood celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Loni Anderson, and Barbara Eden, among others. The Foundation offers grants and scholarships to student and professional artists. The artist also joins Levi-Strauss & Co. in raising funds to benefit the San Francisco Youth Arts Foundation and DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids).


Manuel Padilla Gallery has quickly become a huge success due to the overwhelming continued support and encouragement of their patrons and fans. Manuel’s collection of limited edition gicle’e prints on canvas and original paintings can be found at fine art galleries across the country. 

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