The Mortal Boy King II by Michael Vincent Manalo

Michael Vincent Manalo

Taichung City, TAICHUNG - Taiwan


Michael Vincent Manalo is a photographer and photo-manipulator. His work is inspired by the imagined memories of nostalgic and dream-like environments; his works documents their decline into post-apocalyptic, nightmarish creations.
Manalo has exhibited in several countries - Australia, England, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and USA. He has won the 2010 1st prize in the Digital Art Category at the Art Museum of Chianciano Terme, Italy and 2011 Best Photography Illustration from The Redmond Digital Arts Festival in Washington, USA, 2015 2nd place in the Secret Art Prize from the Curious Duke Gallery in London and Nominated for the APBF Signature Art Prize of 2014 from the Singapore Art Museum. He was also named as one of 2014 Asia's Top Ten Most Inspiring Visual Artists in Asia by the Top 10 Publications in Malaysia.

Artist statement

Michael Vincent Manalo (°1986, Manila, Philippines) makes photos, installations and mixed media artworks. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Manalo uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and political issues. The work incorporates time as well as space –a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit.

His photos bear strong political references. The possibility or the dream of the annulment of a (historically or socially) fixed identity is a constant focal point. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.

His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-­‐up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.

His works establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By referencing romanticism, grand-­‐guignolesque black humour and symbolism, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-­‐layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.

His work is inspired by the imagined memories of nostalgic and dream-­‐like environments; his works documents their decline into post-­‐apocalyptic, nightmarish creations.Michael Vincent Manalo currently lives and works in Taichung City.

Local shows

Web: http://www.michaelvincentmanalo.com/
Behance: https://www.behance.net/michaelvmanalo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MVMArtworks/
Denmark: http://ros-gallery.dk/vaerker/198-michael-vincent-manalo/
Philippines: http://www.galleriaduemila.com/web2003/artists/mvm/mvmex.html

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