Manalo

Windows, doors, swings and ladders placed in thin air that provide glimpses of or lead to unknown dimensions; TV sets and masses of cloud for heads, flying houses – these are the typical stylistic features of Michael Vincent Manalo (born 1986), who hails from Manila, Philippines and currently lives in Taichung, Taiwan. His visual artistry focuses on photography, photo-manipulation and installations. He writes that his work has been influenced by “nostalgic and dream-like environments”, it often “documents their decline into post-apocalyptic, nightmarish creations.”

In Michael’s photos, water, sky, land and concrete walls merge into an undefinable element around and within which the human mind is at once free and frustrated. No matter how open and wide the atmosphere looks, there is always something left to imagine. A mystery forever hovers at the horizon that must be entered into. A hint of “the Beyond” – wherein space and time as we know have been transcended – is ubiquitous.

Michael explains further: “My inspiration comes from life – what happens between days, travel experiences. I derive inspiration from those moments at which I discover that a thread of similarity runs through different cultures, that everyone shares the same stories. That life and the human condition are really universal.”

“My aims as an artist have fundamentally stayed the same but I constantly stray from the path to take alternative routes. Earlier, I wanted to make art that could be a medium for awakening – awakening who? – those who live fast-paced lives and have forgotten to dream. Those who have neglected the sky, those who are unable to be still in this contemporary society as they run like rats to generate incomes for themselves. Gradually, I began creating art that could help people re-acquaint with memories and to re-evaluate themselves and the paths they have chosen. In general, I intend to be good at what I’m doing and hope to arouse the sleeping soul.”

Michael’s work has been exhibited in several countries apart from the Philippines and Taiwan – Australia, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, the UK and the US. He has won several prizes internationally.

More on his website (www.michaelvincentmanalo.com), Saatchi Art page (www.saatchiart.com/michaelvmanalo), Behance portfolio (www.behance.net/michaelvmanalo), Displate page (displate.com/michaelvmanalo/surreal-thoughts), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MVMArtworks/) and Twitter profile (@MichaelVManalo).

 

Life I’ve Lost by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Fisherman by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

Chasing after Memories by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
Chasing after Memories by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Mortal Boy King II by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Case of Eternal Conflict by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
The Case of Eternal Conflict by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

Blankets of Night by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
Blankets of Night by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

While we waited for the End by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
While we Waited for the End by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

A Reverie from the City Dweller by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

A Traveller's Dream by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
A Traveller’s Dream by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Remembrances of the Soul by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
The Remembrances of the Soul by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Beginning by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
The Beginning by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Wailing Calls of the Night Companions by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
The Wailing Calls of the Night Companions by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

The Many Faces of a Heartbeat by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.
The Many Faces of a Heartbeat by Michael Vincent Manalo. Used with permission.

 

 

 


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9 thoughts on “Manalo

      1. I’ve done essays but feel that they are unnecessary – and boring! A brief description is more than enough – everyone can read it! And it’s great that we’re living in an era of online marketplaces – artists from all over the world have their portfolios before us. Cultural commentators should only be willing to approach them.

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      1. Thank you. I wonder too what makes you do it. You must spend a lot of time researching etc. Or do you work in this field.? It always fascinates me why people choose to publish this way. I do it too and am trying to work out my own motivation I suppose

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      2. I think blogging is the best way to get a large, international audience and it can bring about real social change. Monetisation options come along as readers grow. I’ve been very inspired by projects like http://www.humansofnewyork.com and http://www.brainpickings.org. It all depends on grit! If you keep going…deliver quantity and quality, blogging can turn into a proper job from which no one can fire you ever.

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