As Manuel matured he became a young man with a rebellious and restless nature, he got involved in a historical event from Mexico known as the "Student Movement of 1968". His family afraid of fatal consequences due to his involvement, sent him to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the United States where he studied Art History at the Louisiana State University.
It did not take long for Manuel express his condemnation of the War of Vietnam which he reflected in the theme of his exhibited at Union College in 1968. Later he moved to Sausalito CA, where he embraced the hippy life style of that time. However, a couple of years later his restless nature leads him to the guerrillas of El Salvador in which he participated actively, but also found time to paint and exhibit his work at the Capital of El Salvador.
When Manuel returned to Mexico he took on work at the Poliforum Siqueiros of Mexico City where he worked with youth groups organized and protected by the great muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros whom Manuel served. He concluded his cycle of study by participating in workshops instructed by Leonora Carrington and by working with renowned Masters of the Art world such as Chucho Reyes and Gilberto Aceves Navarro, as well an many others.
Since then Manuel has participated in multiple collective and individual exhibitions in Mexico and other many other countries. In addition he has provided illustrations for several newspapers, books and magazines for which he has received recognition on multiple levels in the State of Veracruz by the Government and other Institutions.
The two most important elements reflected in the art style of Zardain are the political and bi-national issues regarding migration which he has made the theme of his late paintings; and the influence of his childhood experiences between wet coffee plantations, insects, animals and exuberant vegetation which he shows in his polychromatic portraits of Floral splendors. Currently, Manuel's work is focused on depicting the great and rich Cultural life of Veracruz and Mexico, including Still Life in which he portrays the spirit of México's markets and fiestas (parties) within his vivid oil paintings of mariachis, dancers, singers and bands utilizing his impressionistic style. His colors are bright and intense reflecting the Mexican Culture's love of life. In addition, Manuel explores abstract Art in equally bold colors reflecting the optimism and enthusiasm of Mexican people despite their economic and social difficulties. He has had many exhibitions and his Art is now in collection in the United States, Holland, France, Spain, Japan , Colombia among many other countries.
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