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Meet Matt Manalo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Manalo.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I had two years left from graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering until my family and I moved to Houston in 2004. From there, I struggled to find my path whether I should continue with what I have already started. It wasn’t until 2006 where I decided to follow my passion and graduate with a BFA in Painting at the University of Houston. I’ve worked in several art institutions from being a studio manager, security, and doing the install. Now, I’m working as a full-time artist.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was never a smooth road and it still isn’t but there were opportunities, which fell into place perfectly, that has led me to keep on going. Being an immigrant wasn’t easy, to begin with. It was a mix of familiar things and being completely blind at the same time. The U.S. has always influenced the Philippines in some kind of way so I wasn’t completely ignorant of how the culture is. Houston’s diversity has acted as a pillow for me in helping me navigate around easier. I was blessed to be surrounded by the right people who wanted me to succeed, which I am forever grateful for.

I was in my senior year in college when I experienced my first big collector. The late Edward Albee came to my studio to purchase some of my work and ever since then, we’ve developed a good artist-collector relationship. That whole experience has pushed me to keep developing, questioning, and practicing.

Please tell us about Matt Manalo.
I am a full-time working artist.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
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  • Instagram: @mattmanalo
  • Twitter: @mattmanalo

Image Credit:
Michael Starghill

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