Raul Manzano

Dr. Raul Manzano is an artist and award-winner, author, and scholar. His paintings have been shown in consulates, museums, galleries, and community centers in Canada, Spain, Israel, and the United States. His scholarly and professional activities include his first drawing book publication, peer review essays, newsletter articles, illustrations for books, scholarly journals and magazine covers. He has presented at conferences in universities, served as juror for exhibition panel committees, and lectured at leading New York City museums to his students and faculty. He is the recipient of an individual artist grant from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.


Manzano’s faculty role at SUNY/Empire State College comprises mentoring to adult students, teaching art history, studio practice, and organizing students’ exhibitions among others. He curates annual cultural exhibitions in celebration of Hispanic Heritage, Black History, and Caribbean Heritage, events that he introduced to the college.  Since 2000, he has been the Resident Director of the School of Visual Arts' "Painting in Barcelona," summer program in Barcelona, Spain.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities and Culture with specialization in Museum Studies from Union Institute and University
  • M.A.L.S. in Liberal Studies with specialization in Studio Practice and Curatorial Studies from Empire State College - State University of New York
  • B.A. in Illustration and Painting from School of Visual Arts