Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions
2018 (solo) Chromatopia | Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 Visual Planes | Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 (solo) Bold As Love | CIC, Cambridge, MA
2012 (solo) Bold As Love | Farm Project Space + Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2010 (solo) Linescapes | Farm Project Space + Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
Everyday is Not the Same | Branch Gallery, Oakland, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Same, Same, But Different 6.0 | Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Summer National Juried Exhibition | Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
New Quarters | Hayes Valley Art Works, San Francisco, CA
2015 Aqua Art Miami | Art fair exhibition with Hang Art Gallery, Miami, FL
Ordering| Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 Same, Same, But Different 3.0 | Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Farmers All In | Farm Project Space + Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2013 Winter Reading: Lines of Poetry | Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Same, Same, But Different 2.0 | Hang Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Farmers Here | Farm Project Space + Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2011 Gifting Abstraction | Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY
Farmers | Farm Project Space + Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2010 Boom | Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2008 New Visions 2008 | Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 New Directions '07 | Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Faber Birren Color Award Show | Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT
2005 Nichos y Recuerdos – El Círculo de la Luz | Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2002 Substance of Choice: Emerging Latino/a Artists | Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
Katz, Marni Elyse, “Art Monday: Pablo Manga,” Stylecarrot.com, July 30, 2012
Katz, Marni Elyse, “Art Monday: Pablo Manga at Farm Project Space + Gallery,” Stylecarrot.com, Aug. 23, '10
Cheng, DeWitt, “Picks: Every Day is Not the Same,” East Bay Express, August 4-10, 2010: 21
Storck, Jeanne, “Extra-ordinary Perspective,” The Monthly, Vol. 40, No. 10, July 2010: 12
Gelbach, Amy, “I am a Tape Junkie: Substance of Choice at Galería de la Raza,” SF Station.com, Aug. 2, '02
2003 Juris Doctor | U.C. Berkeley School of Law
1996 Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy | U.C. Berkeley
Pablo Manga (b. 1973) is Latino/Colombian-American artist known for his abstract compositions using semi-transparent adhesive tape as a painting medium.
Interwoven with his art practice, Manga earned a B.A. in philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, taught Spanish and Math in the New York City public schools, and was a practicing arts lawyer in San Francisco.
Manga’s work has been shown in the Bay Area at Galería de la Raza, Hang Art, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Pro Arts, and Southern Exposure, as well as in galleries and nonprofit art spaces in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
He lives and works in Oakland, California.
I make abstract compositions — layered monochromes, undulating horizons, and destabilized grids — using clear and colored, semi-transparent adhesive tape as a painting medium. I started using tape as my medium while living in Mexico City in 1998, and I continue to delight in the ready-made and painterly qualities of this simple, everyday material.
My work draws on both art history (from Martin, Rothko and Irwin to Albers, Riley, Mondrian and beyond) and personal history, including my Latino/Colombian heritage, growing up with my mother’s weaving and textiles, a philosophy degree, and meditation practice.
I aim for compositions that reward sustained viewing with an unfolding internal dynamism and the emergence of shifting patterns and color relationships. Conceptually, I am interested in using the play of chromatic difference and repetition as a metaphor for radical inclusivity, and in bringing awareness to perception through the phenomenon of the viewer seeing themselves seeing. Whether the compositions are overtly tranquil or buzzing with energy, my goal is to create contemplative visual spaces that are a resource for inner life and for being in the world.