|Growing up in Central Texas, Manuel Garza (1940-) is well acquainted with the Texas hill country scenery. Garza recreates this scenery to perfection, capturing in oil the thick heat, bold sunlight, and cool shade of the state. His use of lighting and vivid colors and his realistic style reflect his passion for the beauty. Garza’s work often features not only wildflowers, but quail, pheasant, turkeys, deer, and a host of domestic birds. “I am a landscape artist,” he says, “but wildlife is part of that landscape and it adds life.” His paintings have instant rapport with those who know and love the Texas landscape.
Manuel's trademark Redbird (found in each painting), his exacting detail, down to the last flower or rock, make each spring or autumn landscape come alive with photographic realism.
Garza is largely self-taught and attended the Texas School of Fine Arts and studied under Charles Normann. He studied the works of Porfirio Salinas and Robert Wood, and cites them as major influences on his style. His studio is filled with sketches and photos that result from the long hikes in the fields of bluebonnets in the spring and from walks along the riverbanks in the fall as he looks for sightings of the Texas wildlife that appears so often in his paintings. These feelings are shared with others through his perception of Texas and its natural beauty.
Manuel Garza is exhibited in galleries throughout Texas and New Mexico, and the geographical area of interested collectors is constantly expanding. His paintings are included in the collection of Lyndon B. Johnson, John Connally, Ben Barnes, Dolph Brisco and many others throughout the United States.