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Jorge Manilla


Jorge Manilla, the son of a family of Mexican goldsmiths and engravers, studied visual arts at the

Academy of San Carlos, in Mexico. He received a highly technical jewellery training at the Academy of

Craft and Design from the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts.

In 2003 He earned a Bachelor degree in sculpture at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent

And one year later he enrolled at St Lucas University College of Art and Design where he got in 2006

a Master degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing.

Currently Jorge Manilla is Head Professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts he still been

invited to teach give lectures and workshops in different Schools in Europe and abroad.

Last year he concludes his research project (PhD) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp

Belgium and now he is waiting for the dissertation date.

Since 2010 he is giving workshops around the world and his work has been shown in several

exhibitions and is collected in the five continents.

By creating jewellery Jorge Manilla investigates his environment - religion, emotions, relationships

and the meaning of life.

Over the last years the artist has rediscovered his love for the black colour. To the artist black relates

to something hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. It

keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world. His dark forms and shapes create a barrier

between the meanings of the objects and the outside world. Black implies self-control and discipline,

independence and a strong will. It gives an impression of authority and power. For Manilla black is

the end, but the end always implies a new beginning. When light appears, black becomes white, the

color of new beginnings.

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