Manuel Andrés Soto, Ph.D., was raised in Edroy, Texas, a South Texas Colonia. Dr. Soto is an Associate Professor of Biological and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University Kingsville and has published many peer-reviewed manuscripts in top journals.
In addition, he has recently published a book entitled, “Life in a South Texas Colonia”. He wrote and contributed all original art pieces in this book. Soto uses mainly acrylic paints and pine or cedar planks to create his impressionistic folk art. His subject matter focuses on various aspects of Tejano culture. His inspiration is his childhood growing up in Edroy, Texas, a small South Texas Colonia in San Patricio County. Edroy is an agriculture community and is surrounded by fields where cotton, sorghum (milo), and maize are grown and cattle are raised.
Coastal Bend College has been blessed with the opportunity to host so many authors and artists throughout the four sites in different fields and look forward to hosting more artists in the future.