Leo Manso (04/15/1914-1993) was born in New York City. He set up his own studio in downtown New York City and proceeded to meet there with various other artists such as Arshile Gorky, De Martini, and Carlo Tresca. His first major exhibition was the American Abstract Artists Exhibition in 1948. Two years later one of his works was purchased by the Gleicenstein Museum in Israel. Inspired by the new artistic movement in Provincetown, Massachusetts, he elected to spend his summers there. Since 1955 Manso became increasingly interested in collage, the medium he continues to work in today, although now he has narrowed it down to 'acrylic assemblage'. He has essentially two themes which characterize the bulk of his work; the essence of the landscape, and the explicit depiction of a higher morality, which he attempts to intermingle wherever possible. His collages are reminiscent of classical Italy and the natural world, connoting beautiful and sensuous strength, despite the fact that they are predominantly so small in scale. Manso was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Award in 1963 and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1983. He continues to exhibit his work world-wide and conduct a great deal of travel. In 1992 the Art Students League of New York held a four-decade solo retrospective exhibition of his work. His assemblages are in the collections of the Corcoran Museum, the Hirshhorn, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Academy of Design, among others.