Manuel was born in 1947 near Lisbon, Portugal. From a young age he longed to be in the military forces and this passion is evident in his work which often depicts helicopters, aeroplanes, motorbikes and boats as well as elements from his large imagination.
Manuel now lives with his family in the UK and is a member of ArtVenture (a creative day centre for adults with learning difficulties). He spends his time creating art and exploring the galleries and exhibitions in London. Since he was selected as one of six Outside In Award Winners in 2012, Manuel's artistic career has gone from strength to strength. He now has work in several collections, including the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne and has had a feature on his work in Raw Vision Magazine.