Born in Mexico City, Manuel Solano experimented a radical shift in his career after he lost his sight in 2014. While he begun working with videos and internet-based art, from this event on the artist has been working exclusively with painting, mixing various references and pop imagery to describe  his intimate world. In his pieces, Solano expresses 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. He studied at ENPEG La Esmeralda (Mexico City), ENSBA (Lyon, France) and UDLA (Puebla) and he exhibited his works individually and collectively around the world.

Manual Solano, Mexico City, 1987, Mexico, Courtesy of the artist.
Manuel Solano
Mexico City, 1987

Past Exhibitions

Manuel Solano: I Don’t Wanna Wait for Our Lives to Be Over

Institute of Contemporary Art Miami – ICA
01/11/2018 — 14/04/2019

Strange Messengers

Peres Projects
14/09/2018 — 26/10/2018


anonymous gallery
30/06/2016 — 02/09/2016

Solo Shows

Inherent Vice | Manuel Solano , Galería Karen Huber, México City, Mexico

My life in Grey, NOSPACE, Ciudad de México, México

Homesick, SaBuLee / Galería del Teatro Lux. Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

The Victory of Good Over Evil, Les Subsistances, Lyon, France

(At The End of The Day, I Can At Least Say I’m) Skinny, Les Subsistances, Lyon,

Group Shows

2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage , New Museum, New York, USA

Straight From Mexico City , Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, USA

The Bennetton Project, Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
Queer Porn Festival, Brooklyn, USA

En el Umbral Telúrico, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Ciudad de México, México

Confetti Make-up, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Ciudad de México, México

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Mexico City Country of birth: Mexico Date of birth: 1987
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