Born in Cazorla, Spain, 1970
Graduates in Fine Arts at the University of Granada in Spain, then continues his studies as an exchange student at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, where he focuses on Communication Design, Advertising and Typography.
After this, he moves to New York City to pursue a graduate degree in the Media Studies program at the New School University, specializing in Production, Directing, and Writing for Film and TV.
While a student at the New School, Manuel interns at New York Times TV and works at the New School Film Department as a teaching assistant under the supervision of scholar Barry Salmon. Manuel’s work in experimental sound ‘125thStreet Drama’ receives the Best Soundscaping Award at the New School Mixed Messages Festival.
After graduating, Manuel lands a promotions producer job at the Creative Services department in Showtime TV Networks, and simultaneously writes and directs several short films. His short ‘Bonjour Felicity’ receives recognition in a long list of international film festivals.
Still in New York, Manuel collaborates with design studios Atelier Malvar+Tusch and Roomservice on numerous design and multimedia projects for clients such as Estee Lauder, Google, Karastan, and Camper.
September 2012 - moves to Berlin and decides to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a train engineer. He completes the training by the Deutsche Bahn, only to be dismissed shortly after due to his faulty vision.
September 2017 – intent on returning to work in design and film, Manuel moves to London and coincidentally takes a job at a local organic shop, becoming then interested in natural skincare. After researching formulations and natural active ingredients, Manuel begins the journey of developing his own brand of organic and non-gender specific skincare products called ‘Monospace’.
2018 – As a designer, Manuel collaborates with German fashion designer Annette Christ creating the brand for her collection ‘Myo Berlin’. This same year he collaborates with London based fashion label ‘Haul’ and the Spanish theater company ‘1% Ficciones’.
Manuel currently resides in London and is working on an illustrated book project on attaining happiness in everyday life. He is also writing his first feature film on the same topic.
Manuel’s favorite quote is:
“Patience is, in and of itself, a great challenge and it often holds the key to breaking through a seeming impasse.”— Daisaku Ikeda.