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 film ‘Bonjour Felicity’ is well received in Bilbao, Regensburg and other reputable international film festivals.
Still in New York, Manuel collaborates with agencies Atelier Malvar+Tusch and Roomservice on numerous design and multimedia projects for clients, including Camper, Roommate Hotels, and Google.
September 2012 - moves to Berlin and decides to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a train engineer. He completes the training by Deutsche Bahn, only to be dismissed shortly after due to his faulty vision.
September 2017 - intent on returning to work in media, Manuel moves to London. He is commissioned to redesign the brand for London-based fashion label Haul and the prêt-à-porter collection of German designer Annette Christ, Myo Berlin. Since then, Manuel has worked on numerous film, video and design projects with various creative agencies worldwide. Manuel still lives and works in London.
Manuel’s favourite 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.