Manuel Bennett

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Manuel Bennett (October 13, 1921 – June 17, 2022) was an American artist.

Bennett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 13, 1921.[1] He moved to Mexico City, Mexico, in 1951 under the Montgomery GI Bill to study at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda" under the muralists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, the landscapist Dr. Atl and the sculptor Francisco Zúñiga.[2]

Following in the tradition of his contemporaries in Mexico, the Taller de Gráfica Popular, Bennett produced mostly lithographic prints,[3] though he also produced sculpture, which can be found in the collection of the Yeshiva University Museum.[4]

Early in his career, Bennett played a major role in publication of the Codex Bodley Mixtec manuscripts, providing all of the color separation and capture necessary to reproduce the ancient piece.[5]

Bennett produced public art for the cities of Encinitas, California, El Paso, Texas, Irvine, California,[6] Hondo and Hiroshima in Japan.[7] He also donated sculpture for awards for humanitarians including the American Heart Association.[8]

Bennett served in the United States Army during World War II. He died on June 17, 2022, at the age of 100.[9][10]


  1. ^ Bennett, Manuel. "United States Public Records, 1970-2009". FamilySearch. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ Bennett, Manuel (1984). The Eternal Horse: An Artist's View. Los Angeles, CA: Crestwood House. ISBN 978-0931747007.
  3. ^ Bennett, Manuel (1964). Representative work of Manuel Bennett. ASIN B00AGAUFA4.
  4. ^ "Spare Times: For Children". New York Times. July 7, 2000. p. E36.
  5. ^ Caso, Alfonso. "Personal letter" (PDF). Dropbox.
  6. ^ "City of Irvine: Butterfly Initiative". City of Irvine.
  7. ^ Meza Estrada, Antonio (December 30, 2001). "Artist promotes global harmony". El Paso Times. p. 7A.
  8. ^ "American Heart Association Awards Program" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Manuel Bennett". Legacy. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Manuel Bennett". McCormick & Son Mortuaries. Retrieved 5 July 2022.