Angel Luis Cruz Manso was born in Santurce, PR in 1951. His interest in fine arts began while attending New York City Community College (now New York City College of Technology) in the 1970's as an Early Childhood Education major. As part of his course of study he registered for elective classes in art history, drawing and painting. After completing the requirements for a bachelor's degree in education, he returned to Brooklyn College as an art major and to complete the requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and subsequently a Master of Fine Arts degree.
As a graduate art student at Brooklyn College he served as vice president of the Graduate Art Students Union (GASU). In 1998 he was awarded the Charles G. Shaw award for painting. At present Cruz continues to work independently at painting and sculpture. He has conducted lectures and instruction in painting to elementary, junior high school and high school students as well as to undergraduate college students by invitation. He has participated in numerous group art shows and exhibitions throughout the years.
Mr. Cruz's work can also be seen with other artists on the following websites: