Artist Manni Nejade was born and raised in San Francisco's multi-cultural Mission District. After graduating from Mission High
School, he entered a painting contest in which he won first place and a summer scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He then continued his art education at City College of San Francisco.
In December 1983, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country honorably for 20 plus years. Now retired, he spends his time creating unique works of art. His paintings have been collected by Raiders players and music artists. Several of his works are permanently displayed at the NFL Raiders' new home, Allegiant Stadium.