MANO is a Cuban-American contemporary visual artist. He came to the United States as part of Operation Pedro Pan at the age of twelve. For the next five years he lived in Westfield, New Jersey with family friends until he was reunited with his parents. Although MANO graduated as an electrical engineer and successfully practiced his profession for more than twenty years, he has always felt the need to express himself artistically and beyond the design concepts of engineering. He is a self-taught artist known for his unique expressionist-style dominated by faces and his use of texture. MANO currently has a studio in Miami's Bird Road Art District and exhibits regularly in galleries, art fairs and festivals throughout the United States.