Manuel Izquierdo, although known for his bronze sculptures, is a master of woodcuts. These dynamic prints reveal images of fanciful figures, animated foliage and playful animals, which dance about the picture plane. Depicting a dreamy world couched in primitive patterning his linocuts are an imaginative delight. Originally from Spain, Manuel came to the United States as a youth and settled in Portland in the early 1940s. In high school Manuel was encouraged to pursue woodcuts by the reputable calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds, and then began apprenticing with the Hungarian sculptor, Frederic Littman. We are pleased to present in this exhibition his most recent woodcuts and linoleum block prints.
In 1951 Manuel Izquierdo graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art where he soon became a professor staying until his retirement in 1997. He has exhibited work both regionally and nationally. He was honored with a ten-year retrospective at the Portland Art Museum, OR in 1967. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum, PA, the Seattle Art Museum, WA, and the Portland Art Museum, OR.