Renowned Maestro Rafael “Paeng” Maniago is considered one of the best Filipino American artists in the United States and the best portrait artist of his generation. He is sought by art lovers, collectors and students alike.
His works today are hot commodities that adorn educational and government institutions in the Philippines, the private collections of rich art collectors and in the homes of ordinary people and friends both here and in the United States.
Maniago has been painting since childhood. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Fine Arts and Commercial Advertisement, he managed his own gallery in the Philippines for 20 years. When he migrated to the US in 1989, his passion for learning continued at the Pasadena Art Center.
He has painted more than1,000 portraits, many of which were commissioned by government and business leaders.
Maniago has been conducting workshops throughout Southern California and is an active member of the Portrait Society of America, American Society of Portrait Artists, California Art Club, and Laguna Plain Air Painter Association. He has won many art competitions locally and nationwide.