"My art follows a fine line that teeters on fantasy and reality, without the distortions caused by the passage of time and the changes in feelings. It captures both my interpretation of the world and my own realities while inviting the viewer to see his/her own world reflected in my images."
Originally from Mexico, Manuel made the jump to digital photography in 2009. He studied with Daniel Chauche and at La Fototeca in Guatemala City and at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington DC (graduating in 2014). His main body of work focuses on exploring the urban landscape, the integration of the face and body into fine art, and fashion photography. In Washington, Manuel joined in 2013 the International Photographic Society (IPS) and was rookie of the year in the 2013-14 season and Photographer of the Year in 2015-16. He was awarded the 2016-2017 and 2017-18 Washington DC Government Art & Humanities Fellowship as well as the 2018-19 Circle Foundation for the Arts (CFA) Artist of the Year Award and Grant, finalist certificate.
Manuel has done several solo and group exhibits in Guatemala City, Washington DC, including at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, New York City (Foundation for the Arts, Onishi Gallery, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum), London’s Parallax Art Fairs and Italy’s 2018 Chianciano Art Biennale where he won the Leonardo First Prize for Photography and Digital Art. National Geographic and LensCulture have both recognized several of his images. In addition, Manuel has curated photography exhibitions, including IPS 50th Anniversary and published a book, Dialogue through Time, commemorating this anniversary.
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