Let Me Write Your Story

My stories have been featured in the Times Advocate, Roadrunner, Share magazine and metallica.com. My objective is to showcase artists and entrepreneurs in my articles with a unique twist on storytelling. If you have a blog, book or web page, I’d be thrilled to collaborate with you. You can read some examples here.

Contact: mandoland73@gmail.com

Video Editing & 3D Animation




“The art legends of yesterday cannot paint tomorrow like the artists of today. ” – A. E. Padilla

When Dreams Become A Reality

I’ve been a Metallica fan since 1985. In high school, I was a column writer and news reporter. Instead of pursuing journalism, I became a graphic designer. Fast forward to today and I’m dabbling in journalism. A few months later, my article gets published and posted onto Metallica’s official site. You can read here: Metallica Article

“ChimMaya 2017 Frida Kahlo Exhibit”

Read the full article here.


“Meet the Artist – Illusion of Entrapment “

“These Paintings Are Available Exclusively Through ChimMaya Art Gallery”


“A Disney Sketch”

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 Frida Kahlo Exhibit


 2017 Skulls Collection

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Please Visit Vatoland – The Official El Vato Site

For Sale on Artfinder 2017_Frida_on_Paper



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Grand Avenue Festival
“I’ll be painting live at the Escondido Municipal Gallery.
I expect to arrive at 10am.”

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bitchers & Winers Painting Party
“This is a members only event. I’ll be conducting a painting class while the women sip wine & have fun.”

To book me for events like this, contact Armando: 760-855-2059
Cost is $25 per person for a 2-3 hour session and you take home the canvas.

NEW FRIDA Merchandise


The Times Advocate Article


Exhibiting at “Chimaya Art Gallery”


The four paintings shown will be on sale and on display at this special event.

For details, visit: http://chimmayaart.com/news/

Buy Custom “El Vato”


For custom “El Vato” paintings, please e-mail me.
All orders require a 50% non-returnable deposit to start.
Customization options:
– You provide the exact photo you want
– Specify bandana or no bandana
– Specify shades or no shades
– Specify background color: red, blue or black

Buy from “TEE PUBLIC”



Private Painting Parties

Contact: mandoland73@gmail.com