LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Manuel was born in Seville, Spain, raised up in Brussels, studied European Studies at the “Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam” and has made a successful 23-year career with HP Inc. in both Amsterdam and London. His artist career started with a detour first as an independent graphic designer right after his university degree and then in the corporate world.
His creative urges never really left him, they would emerge all along his managerial career and produce sporadic bursts of creative works. Today, he lives partly off-grid in a Finca planted in an Andalusian mountains range off the coast of Marbella, Spain and partly in busy London. His background as a Graphic Designer and in the IT as an executive made him very well versed with digital means of creation and production and found that digital technology allowed him to create faster and be more productive than conventional methods. His work has been exhibited in collective shows at The Henley Arts Festival Henley-on-Thames, 2018 and at the Herrick Gallery London, 2018.
Manuel wants to be the digital Michelangelo, the Klimt, or the Warhol of the twenty first century. A screen is his canvas, the pen his brushes and his laptop his paints. He borrows, he steals and deconstructs images, reconstructs them, and then digitally paints them over, creating new visual worlds that tell a story unique in themselves, unique to him and yet common to us all.
He explores extensively digital techniques and specific personal and societal themes which reflect his broad interest and curiosity in life. He inquires, analyses, synthetizes, and regurgitates them without judgement. They must be shared with others, what other purpose would they serve if not to move, and inspire the viewer? He wants to speak first to the visual cortex to communicate a sense of beauty, of harmony and peaceful contemplation no matter the subject and what is going on outside in the world.
WHO I AM
I want to be the Digital Michelangelo, the Klimt, or the Warhol of the twenty first century.
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