Steven Antonio J Manes (1993, BE) Ghent based Italian visual artist, abstract sculptures and drawings
“I always feel an urge to create, to translate my view on the world and feelings into abstract images to tell the story of who I am/what I feel.
It’s important to me to be honest with yourself and true to who you are and how you feel inside while co-existing in this perishable world.
Feelings in which people can recognise themself, that once and a while everyone has like sadness, frustration or feeling lost.
Also my Italian roots have a profound influence on my work. This is the language of my heart and still the best way for me to express myself purely.
Only in art I can be 100% purely myself, without thinking too much or compromise to someone or something. This is my art and this is me.”
‘Uomo Perso’, Winkelhaak House of C, Antwerp BE
‘Close your eyes and I will kiss you’, CC Muze, Zolder BE
Verticale/Orizontale, BLANCO, Ghent BE
Kunstgezind ‘BE…’, The Canvas, Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York USA
Vitrine d’Amour, Chambre d’Hôtes Hotel Verhaegen, Ghent BE
Goodnight Antwerp, Antwerp BE
Atomic Backyard Party, Volkstraat 20, Antwerp BE
Kotroute Gent, Ghent BE
Out of the Studio, Campo Santo, Gentbrugge BE
Apprentice Master Project 2017-2018 : Expo ‘Keepsake’, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg NL
Kunstkrakers, Krijgshospitaal, Dendermonde BE
BRIK Art Project, Mol, BE
PUBLICATIONS, PRESS AND OTHER
‘CURATING AS AN ART-FORM’, luxe-edition of the catalogue by Johan Van Geluwe, Stedelijke Kunstacademie Waregem, Belgium
Colloque International ‘Dessin, Design, Projet, représenter & reconfigurer les espaces ouverts’, publication after presentation ‘Dessiner sur la surface des objets’ with Karel Wuytack (Université de Liège), l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette, Paris, France
‘Aardstaal’, sculpture commissioned by the city of Beringen by We Claim The Streets, artistic project of Jeugdhuis Club 9 in collaboration with artist Bart Dewolf, Paal, Belgium
Featured in ‘Cult.opvrijdag’, section of newspaper DeMorgen, drawing on the cover, 5/5/2017, Belgium
Appearance in tv-show ‘Gert Late Night’, invited to make drawings on the boat, episode of 18/5/2017, Antwerp, Belgium
Selected for the Mark Macken Prijs voor Beeldhouwkunst 2016, Antwerp, Belgium
2017 - 2019 LUCA School of Arts, teacher programme, Ghent
2016 - 2018 LUCA School of Arts, Master in Visual Arts - Sculpture, Ghent
2014 - 2017 LUCA School of Arts, Bachelor in Visual Arts - Sculpture, Ghent
2012 - 2014 / work period /
2011 - 2012 PHL Mad Faculty, Bachelor in Sculpture, Hasselt
2009 - 2011 PIKOH Kunsthumaniora, Visual Arts, Hasselt
2007 - 2009 PIKOH Kunsthumaniora, Artistic Education, Hasselt