Manu de May

Fluid art

About the artist:

Manu De Mey was born in Antwerp in 1965, his mother a British artist and his father a Flemish accountant. He grew up as the eldest of four boys in Kalmthout, a beautiful heathland in the North of Belgium. In his twenties he moved to the city of Antwerp where he started his own business as web designer. 

He started making digital graphic art as a hobby in 2008. In September 2017 he had a creative epiphany at the Burning Man festival in the desert of Nevada, USA and enrolled himself only days after returning at the Art Academy of Mortsel, Antwerp and started sketching and painting, something he had not done for 30 years. He learned himself to draw in 6 months and hasn’t stopped drawing and painting since.

He now lives in Antwerp with his girlfriend and 2 young adult boys. At home he has his atelier where he draws and paints figurative art, mainly portraits. With his art, Manu tries to create something visually striking and convey some sort of strong emotion. His portraits often are  ambiguous and this is mostly intentional. The viewer is never sure if they are looking at a victim or an offender, a leader or a follower, a master or a slave. Manu's world is populated with sad, melancholic people with suppressed emotion, often beautiful but damaged woman. 

Manu has only started to come out with his work two years ago but has had several expositions, including ACAF in the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR) and EuropArt in Amsterdam. 

Thanks to digital platforms Manu has sold a lot of his work internationally, including the USA, Ukrain, Hong Kong, Taiwan and all over Europe.

Expositions

  • Graphique Noir: 5 prints of 3D work featured at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California USA, may 2013
  • Burning Man: one artwork in group exposition in Central Café at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, USA, september 2017
  • Gebermte: two paintings on plexiglass in outdoor group installation in Mortsel, april 2018
  • Lambermontmartre: participation in the Lambermontmartre open air art market, Antwerp, summer 2018
  • Open Huis Expo: exhibition of paintings and drawings in own home in Antwerp, march 2019
  • Galerie Art Nomade: exhibition of paintings and drawings in galerie Art Nomade in Brussels, april 2019
  • De Kunstenfabriek: 3 works in group exposition organised by the city of Mortsel, Mortsel, May 2019
  • Expo 167: several works in group exposition, organised by myself, Kloosterstraat Antwerp, May-June 2019
  • Ambigu: solo exposition in gallery Conscience20, Conscienceplein 20, Antwerp, July 2019
  • Lambermontmartre: participation in the Lambermontmartre open air art market, summer 2019
  • Open Ateliers Antwerp, september 2019 (more info here)
  • ACAF: selected to be part of the Accessible Art Fair at Bozar Brussels, October 2019
  • Catawiki: featured as Trending Artist of the week, December 2019, sold 19 works
  • EuropArtFair: selected to participate at EuropArtFair in Amsterdam from 6- 8 of December 2019
  • Gallerij Rivierenhof: group expo with Hildegard Penne in Rivierenhof park Deurne, Antwerp from the 24rd of June till the 5th of July 2020
  • Le Neuf Gallery: solo expo in gallery in Brussels, September – October 2020
  • Sint-Willebrorduskerk: group expo in the Sint-Willebrorduskerk in Antwerp from 23 – 30 October 2020