ABOUT ARTIST DAVID MANJE

BIOGRAPHY, ARTIST STATEMENT, AND CURRICULUM VITAE
ARTIST DAVID MANJE

Artist David Manje is an Arizona native who grew up in Bisbee, a small mining town. He currently lives and works in the desert of east Mesa. He has a B.F.A. in Printmaking and a B.A. in education from Arizona State University. David has exhibited his work for over thirty-five years. He has held gallery representation in Chicago, Jackson Hole, Santa Fe, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The Suzanne Brown Gallery and the Joan Cawley Gallery represented David in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has work in numerous private and corporate collections in North America and abroad.

 

In 1982, David started the drawing, painting and printmaking program at the Mesa Art Center. He was the lead instructor of this program for over 30 years. David designed the architectural infrastructure of the drawing and painting studio, printmaking studio and the working courtyard for the Mesa Arts Center.

 

In 1989, David founded Arroyo Press Studio. He designed and built the studio in East Mesa. It is a private printmaking and painting studio where he creates his paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

For a long time, I saw my artwork as an amalgam of numerous cultural, historical, geographical, and physical elements. It could be set in motion by a walk through nature, a simple contemplation, or a recollection of family stories about a Mexican legend or superstition.

In 2007, I was diagnosed with my first cancers; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and bone marrow cancer. I survived two more cancers in the following years. It never got any easier and the odds remained the same; either I would or would not survive. During treatment, it was a time to put everything aside and concentrate on matters at hand. In retrospect, I can say that these experiences brought me closer to knowing the delicacy of life; it’s preciousness, and shed new light on the ordinary.

I have worked in numerous media but I am most drawn to printmaking and oil painting. Printmaking offers an abundance of processes that can lend themselves to individual images. The layering, the forethought, the planning and the process that goes into a print is tantalizing and absorbing. I use and collaborate with many printmaking tools and materials such as various types of printing plates, inks and modifiers, different types of fine paper, brayers, exposing equipment, developing solutions, and always the printing press. Whether an image is achieved from a simple, single-drop monotype or a complicated photopolymer etching or silk-aquatint Collograph, the end result is always extremely rewarding.

Oil painting, on the other hand, is the direct opposite of printmaking in that it is direct and immediate. I never call a painting finished until I have revisited all areas of the canvas a minimum of six times, as images are worked up from general large and dark shapes to the eventual refined forms with many gradations of color, value, and refined detail.

The amalgam of my artwork has become more pure and simple with the thread of life, mortality, angels, rebirth, flowers, and mystical journeys in flying boats running through my work. I find that printmaking and oil painting allow me to communicate an unending thread of imagery.

CURRICULUM VITAE

DAVID MANJE

 

Education

1974               B.F.A. Printmaking, Arizona State University

1975               B.A.     Art Education, Arizona State University

 

Selected Exhibitions

 2014            David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

M8k Marks, Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at the Mesa Arts Center,

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

Original Annual Print Calendar, Mesa Art Center Museum, Mesa Arts Center

Day of the Dead Group Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2013                David Manje Day of the Dead, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Summer Exhibition, Bridges Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2012                David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Family Ties Juried Exhibition, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2011                David Manje Day of the Dead, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2010               David Manje Day of the Dead, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2009              Generations; Keeping Culture Alive through the Ages, Xico Inc: Arte y Cultura, Chandler, Arizona

David Manje, Frank Ybarra & Su Douglas Exhibition: Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2008                David Manje, Frank Ybarra & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2007                David Manje, Frank Ybarra & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2006                David Manje & Frank Ybarra Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2005                Manje Magic Retrospective of Works by David Manje, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2004                David Manje Desert Landscapes, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Day of the Dead Juried Exhibition, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona

2003                David Manje: Echoes of the Past – Legends of Life, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Arte Latino en la Ciudad-VII Juried Exhibition, Phoenix Center for the Arts,Phoenix,Arizona

2002                David Manje PetroglyphMonotypes, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2001                David Manje Ceremonial Feathered Shields, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Fall Group Exhibit, Milagro Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2000                Mono-screen Print Traveling Juried Exhibition, Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, California

Fall Group Exhibit, Milagro Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1999                David Manje New-West Landscapes, Suzanne Brown Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

Fall Group Exhibition, Milagro Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Art on the S.A.L.T. Trail, Artists Exhibit and Studio Tour Juried Exhibition,

Superstition Area Land Trust, Apache Junction, Arizona

1998                David Manje New-West Landscapes, Suzanne Brown Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

Glasgow Print Studio Juried Exhibition, London, England

Spring Group Exhibition, Milagro Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Landscapes-Beyond a Pretty Sunset Juried Exhibition, Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, Arizona

“Art on the S.A.L.T. Trail, Artists Exhibit and Studio Tour Juried Exhibition, Superstition Area Land Trust, Apache Junction, Arizona

1997                “David Manje Costelaciones, Suzanne Brown Gallery,  Scottsdale, Arizona

In a Series”, Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Art in Bloom Juried Exhibition, Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, Arizona

Art on the S.A.L.T. Trail, Artists Exhibit and Studio Tour” Juried Competition,

Superstition Area Land Trust, Apache Junction, Arizona

1997 cont.       Miniature Art Exhibition, Milagro Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

1996                David Manje “Monotypes, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1996                “Arte Latino en la Ciudad Juried Competition” Juried Competition, Phoenix Visual Arts Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

Art on the S.A.L.T. Trail, Artists Exhibit and Studio Tour Juried Competition,

Superstition Area Land Trust, Apache Junction, Arizona

1995                David Manje, “Silent Vestiges”, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Thinking in Series” Juried Exhibition, Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Two Decades of Infinite Visions Juried Exhibition, Xicanindio Artes, Inc.,

Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, Arizona

“Facultease” Juried Exhibition, Mesa Arts Center, Galeria Mesa, Arizona

National Hispanic Artists Odyssey Juried Exhibition, Museo Chicano, Phoenix, Arizona

1994                David Manje “Lingering Songs, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

“Challenge: Continuing an Idea”Juried Exhibition, Miriam Perlman Gallery,Chicago, Illinois

1993                David Manje “Ceremonial Shields”, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Annual Group Show, Martin-Harris Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

1992                David Manje “Shields, Suzanne Brown Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1991                “The Prints and The Paper” International Juried Competition, San Diego Art  Institute, San Diego, California

1990                “Year of the Indian” Juried Exhibition, Fruit-lands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts

Annual Group Exhibition, Southwest Expressions Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Annual Group Exhibition, Marcus Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1989                Annual Group Exhibition, Southwest Expressions Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Annual Group Exhibition, Marcus Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1988                Annual Group Exhibition, Southwest Expressions Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 

Professional Experience

2014-1982       Lead Printmaking and Painting Instructor, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

2014                M8k Art Exhibition Juror, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center,Mesa, Arizona

2013                Original Annual Print Calendar Juror, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum,Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

2012                Original Annual Print Calendar Juror, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum,Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

Lisa Clague Workshop, Lisa Clague Instructor, Udinotti Museum sponsor.

2011                Original Annual Print Calendar Juror, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum,Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

2010                Original Annual Print Calendar Juror, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

2009                Original Annual Print Calendar Juror, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

2007-2005       Adjunct Professor of Painting and Printmaking, Mesa Community College, Mesa Art Center Campus, Mesa, Arizona

2005                Making Art Safely Printmaking Workshop, Dan Weldon Instructor, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000-1999       Designed Warren-Langfitt Drawing and Painting Studio, East Valley Tribune Printmaking Studio, and the Southwest Ambulance

Painting Courtyard for the Mesa Arts Center new building atCenter and Main, Mesa, Arizona

1999                 Mono-screen Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, California

1998                 Selected to represent Xicanindio Artes Group at Glasgow Original Print Shop Workshop, London, England,

funded by Phoenix Airport Museum and Xicanindio Artes, Inc.

1997                Instructed a joint workshop with Xicanindio Printmakers and Glasgow Printmakers from Glasgow Original Print Shop

at the Mesa Arts Center, sponsored by Phoenix Airport Museum and Xicanindio Artes, Inc.

 

 Selected Collections

Original Print Shop, Glasgow, Scotland

Ford Corporation, Lima, Ohio

Mobil Oil Research, Paulsboro, New Jersey

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts

Mexican Fine Art Center Museum, permanent collection, Chicago, Illinois

Monotypes International, Graphics Arts Foundation, Darien, Connecticut

Gerald Buck Collections, Newport Beach, California

Sills Cummins Attorneys , Newark, New Jersey

Uni-Seal Plastics Corporation, Long Beach, New Jersey

WAFCO Financial Services, Illinois

Motorola, Chicago, Illinois

General Motors, Flint, Michigan

University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Galeria Sin Fronteras, Austin, Texas

Huntington Museum, University of California at Santa Barbara – Caridad Archive of Chicano Printmaking

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Print Department and Collection, California

Laguna Art Museum Permanent Collection, California

Orange County Art Museum Permanent Collection, California

Westwood Marquis, Los Angeles, California

Self-Help Graphics Traveling Exhibition Print Program, Los Angeles, California

Self Help Graphics on-site Archive, Los Angeles, California Wells Fargo, Denver, Colorado

M.A.R.S. (Movimiento Artistico Del Rio Salado) Phoenix, Arizona

Wigwam Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Arizona

The Arizona Club, Phoenix, Arizona

Motorola, Phoenix, Arizona

Wells Fargo, Phoenix, Arizona

Francisco Grande Hotel, Casa Grande, Arizona

Glendale Community College, Glendale, Arizona

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

McDonald’s Corporation, Arizona

Iocovino Kaylor Attorneys, Scottsdale, Arizona

Touche Ross, Phoenix, Arizona

Shea Homes, Phoenix, Arizona

Geoffrey Edmonds Collection, Phoenix, Arizona

Gum Tech, Phoenix, Arizona

British Airways, Phoenix, Arizona

Private Collections in the Americas and Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

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