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Artist Interview

Lanecia Rouse Tinsley interviews the artist for her Art of the City Series.


Video editing by God's Ink Media

Contemporary Artists' Education (CAE)

Artist Bio

Matt Manalo is an artist and community organizer. He was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and has called Houston, Texas, home since 2004. He received his BFA in Painting at the University of Houston. He runs a community-based alternative art space Alief Art House and founded Filipinx Artists of Houston.


Matt Manalo creates work which involves elements of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Being a first-generation immigrant, Manalo discusses his experiences navigating around physical and social structures of society while exploring issues like erasure, colorism, and colonial mentality in his work.

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