Adriano Manocchia began a career in photo-journalism while completing his BA degree for literature from Pace University in New York. Upon completion of college, Adriano ran his own photo/film agency covering events for television and print media. His work has taken him aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, on mid-air refueling missions, on the Goodyear Blimp, and on numerous assignments to the White House.
In 1983, Adriano began spending his free time painting. A year later he decided to undertake this new challenge full time. Through his art, he has supported Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics. His limited edition prints – Giant Panda and Snow Leopard – were endorsed by the National Zoo in Washington and the New York Zoological Society. A Bald Eagle painting was chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Constitution by the U.S. Bicentennial Committee, with the image reproduced on a poster and collector plate. Adriano’s work helped raise over $250,000 for Ducks Unlimited through their Sponsor Print Program from 1990 to 1992. He participated in the North Atlantic Ducks Unlimited Flyway Artist program in 1991 and 1992 and was N.Y. Audubon Society Earth Day artist in 1993. He was selected Artist Of the Quarter in 1991 and 1995 for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and sponsor artist in 1992 and 1996. Several of his paintings were featured in the hardcover collector’s book Fine Art Of Georgia’s Fairways. His art has appeared on the NBC Today Show, State Of the Art, and Woods n’ Water TV Show. His work has been widely published both in Europe and the United States.