About the Artist Manuel Segovia Mendez, born in Mexico City on October 15, 1958, was the second son of five children. Manuel’s artistic abilities began to emerge at an early age when he began tracing what he saw in Mexican magazines, black and white comic books and assorted coloring books. He started working about the same time he started school. He was selling newspapers and polishing shoes at a barbershop close to home. Although as a young boy he worked long hours, Manuel received very little pay. About the time Manuel was in the eleventh grade, he enlisted in the Mexican army where he had to grow quickly. Even though life in the army was quiet for the young Airborne Soldier, Manuel worked quite hard during basic training to receive his wings.
The next three years of his life proved difficult and painful, yet he endured whatever the army dished out. He had learned what it was to be cold, wet and hungry. He knew he had to drop and keep out of the line of fire when gunshots were heard. Manuel learned how fragile the human body really is and how precious his own life was. Although he struggled throughout his early years, one thing he had learned well was the value of responsibility and the need to work. He learned his lesson so well that he is now a workaholic.
Manuel re-entered the civilian workforce with an assortment of odd jobs ranging from store to ironworker, which kept him moving from state to state throughout the Mexican Republic. His job assignments lasted anywhere fr