Dwayne Manuel, a painter and muralist, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 1984 and grew up in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. After graduating from high school in 2002, he attended the Scottsdale Community College; earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2004; and ultimately earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Arizona in 2014. Dwayne has taught painting and drawing at the University of Arizona, as well as art classes at Salt River High School. Currently, he is a full-time artist based in Salt River, Arizona. He co-teaches mural arts to at-risk youth in a program called “Labor of Love,” creating murals on highly vandalized reservation properties. He also is a co-organizer of the art collective “Neoglyphix,” featuring 19 Native American graffiti artists from the Southwest, Midwest, California and Mexico.