Manuel Gonzalez received his BFA from California State University, Long Beach. He completed his apprenticeship in the mural studios of Marv Brehm and Phil Santos, doing work for El Torito, Hardee's, Burger King, and McDonald’s. He also freelanced for I. Magnin, Giorgio Beverly Hills, nine Warner Brothers Stores, the MGM Grand Casino, and Marshall-Rousso Store, as well as several prestigious private residences. In addition to teaching in the Visual Arts Conservatory, he teaches drawing at Fullerton College.
In 2004, he painted a 5,000 square foot mural for the Legion of Valor Museum in Fresno. Mr. Gonzalez has also been a sidewalk art participant since 1992, painting centerpieces, conducting workshops, and initiating new festivals in Whittier and Temecula.