Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Nancy Moyer

Second Advisor

Richard Hyslin

Third Advisor

Philip Field


The artistic work explained in this paper reflects imaginative ideas, consisting of meticulous work in a variety of media: pen and ink, oil paint, and steel. The creative process used to produce my works is based on both psychological and physical levels. Psychologically, I reflected and depended on dreams from the past to capture images from my sub-conscience. The importance of industrial symbolism and how it was chosen and strategically placed in the work aided me to deal with my preoccupation with death, a tradition that stems from my Hispanic roots, such as observing the Mexican holiday: Day of the Dead. My intention was to push myself to create much larger scale works than I was accustomed to creating. In the process, I have documented significant, fictional scenes from my childhood visions and dreams that have affected me profoundly in my adulthood. Realizing this, I have felt a sense of urgency to produce my artistic visions. In my work, I strive to share an artistic language that is rich in expression, despite the mysterious qualities of the imagery that assist me in comprehending the mystery of existing and dealing with my mortality. This imagery is autobiographical in nature, and its use in a Surrealistic style becomes my neo-surrealism.


Copyright 2003 Manuel Saenz Jr.. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American