About


From the moment Manu Alguero put a pencil to paper, he knew he was destined to be an artist. He was born in Barcelona in 1976 and studied in the Art Academy Mataro. He went on to study Graphic Design in IDEP, Barcelona and Art & Fashion in San Martin, London. Manu knew that the best way to learn was to explore different cultures and interact with the experts in his field. He loved making sketches and exploring his passion, but he had to find something that was unique. He yearned to be part of the artistic world and wanted to stand out. Being just another painter wasn’t going to make him happy, and he continued to search for his true calling.
A big part of how Manu defines himself and his success is through his family. They own a demolition company, and he has spent plenty of time learning about the family business. The first time he saw a building get demolished, he was fascinated. He watched the bricks crumble and devolved yet take a new shape that was beautiful and fresh. It was like new life had been breathed into the building even though it had been destroyed. He was amazed by the amount of power it took to both destroy what was old and create something new.
The act of demolition was as powerful as the Big Bang that created the glowing stars and massive planets. He knew then that he had to translate this power and storytelling into his art. Destruction was not seen as a negative thing to him. It was a way to clear a path for something new and exciting. It created a blank slate for him to reinvent himself. Painting on a canvas was a thrilling experience, but it was nothing like being an active participant in molding pieces of a puzzle to create something with power rumbling through his fingertips. Art like this could not be forced. He had to embrace the spontaneity and unpredictable results of this type of art.
An explosion is the act of creating something new. It may cause a change to something old, but ultimately it is the beginning of what comes after the explosion. It’s a new chapter in a book and the evolution of life. Change is a natural state in life and Manu wants to express the beauty of change and new perspectives through his art. Through some exploration, Manu discovered the new movement of explosive art. He learned about artists that worked in this medium and did his best to understand the new direction that the art world was taking.
Of course, the best way for him to learn and perfect his craft was to act. He had to experiment with the variety of ideas bouncing around in his mind. He is a visionary that searches to break barriers and push boundaries in all aspects of his career. He’s not one to put limits on himself and be defined as only one thing. He is more than his sketches and he is more than a painter. He does not limit his creative mind because creativity is an endless journey with several paths to take. Being creative takes hard work and a passion that Manu has been fostering inside his heart for many years.
Manu works with many forms of art, all enveloped by the theme of explosion art. He creates paintings, sculptures, and dresses all with the edgy and vibrant technique that he has worked hard to make his own. Being a part of this new movement in the art world has increased his passion for creating stories through his pieces and sharing the uniqueness of his work. He expresses the origins of life and new beginnings with his art. He takes that memory of the falling building and transforms it into emotion, power, and an unshakeable inspiration to the viewers of what he creates.
He encourages viewers to use their imagination when looking at his paintings and feel in their souls what the painting is trying to tell them. Everyone has their own take on art, and that’s why his paintings are never truly complete. He wants people to see themselves in the art and take away something different each time they gaze upon it. Sharing his art is an interactive experience of the mind and heart. Many of his paintings are held in important museums like Museo Can Framis (Barcelona), Museo Art Contemporani Espais Volart (Barcelona), Museo Can Mario (Palafrugell, Girona), Museo Palau Solterra (Girona), Assilah Museum (Morocco). He is also an award winner in art fairs in Tokyo, Oxford, and Amsterdam. Additionally, he won the Global Art Award for Newcomer Artist. He has also become very popular from his sculptures and dresses. The sculptures capture a unique beauty as if the life in his art has been stripped down to its core. You can see the raw energy coming from these pieces and see a story forming right before your eyes. They are unique, colourful, and express the breath of fresh air that comes with the start of a new day and new life. The same passion can be seen in the dresses that bring a literal explosion of colour. He was even part of the Bridal Fashion Show of 2018 in Barcelona. With Manu, no two pieces will ever be the same. Each new piece has its own story to tell and electrifying power. One look can draw you into the vibrant colours, unique shapes, and exceptionally beautiful structure of destruction. Explosive art is about creation and Manu Alguero holds that great power in his mind, body, and heart.

EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • Solo Exhibition, Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery, Dubai
  • Exposed 2 big paintings at Caesar’s Palace, Bluewaters, Dubai
  • Milan Design Week
  • OBEGY HOME Exhibition at OBEGY building in Dubai
  • Exposed at Hell’s Kitchen, Caesars Palace

2022

  • Milan Art fair
  • Exposed at Mondial Resort Hotel, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Italy
  • Participation at Dubai Design Week

2021

  • Solo exhibition “The Art of Explosion” at Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery, Dubai
  • “Roma Arte In Nuvola” – International Art Fair, Rome Italy
  • Solo Exhibition “Seduzioni Esplosive”, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
  • Milan Design Week, collaboration with Girogetti Design, Italy

2020

  • Solo Exhibition “The Art of Explosion”, Oblong Contemporary, Dubai
  • Tokyo Shibuya Station International Group Exhibition

2019

  • “Solo Exhibition “Explosive Art” at Coya, Four Seasons Hotel, Dubai, UAE.
  • Harpers Bazzar Arabia visits studio in Barcelona

2018

  • D’Asilah Museum (Rabat, Morroco) acquired painting by Manu Alguero invited by the government of Morrocco at Palace Asilah
  • Art Gallery “Espais Volart” next to the Retrospective exhibition by Lita Cabellut. One of Manu’s paintings, 3×2 m is currently on display at Guernica Hall
  • Participation in Oxford International Art Fair Oxford Town Hall 23
  • Interview IAF interview BBC London TV
  • Winner in category “Sculptor” at Tokyo International Art Fair
  • Solo Exhibition at Pigment Gallery Exhibition, Hotel Miramar
  • Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, Painting dresses with explosions. Performance video on the background
  • Award nomination, category “Scuptor” at Fundacio Vilacasas, Museu PalaFurgell
  • Vila Casas Foundation publishes book “Manu Alguero. Paintings, Sculptures and Drawings”, 1000 copies

2017

  • Winner in category “Newcomer Art” at Global Art Awards in Dubai, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
  • Group exhibition “Global Art Academy” at Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
  • Participation in Amsterdam International Art Fair 25, 26 Veurs van Berlague,
  • August Participation in Tokyo International Art Fair Shibuya, Hikarie hall
  • Participation in Oxford International Art Fair Oxford Town Hall, Interview with BBC London, February
  • Included in permanent collection in Museu Spai Volart , next to Tapies art works
  • Included in permanent collection in Can Framis Museum, Vilacasas Foundation (The most important museum of Catalan Art)

2016

  • Participation in Barcelona International Art Fair, Museum Maritim

2015

  • Solo Exhibition at La Factory, Barcelona
  • Can Framis Museum of Vila Casas Foundation have acquired 4 paintings

2014

  • Participation in Barcelona International Art Fair, Casa Batllo Gaudí

 2013

  • Solo Exhibition at La Factory, Barcelona

2012

  • Group Exhibition at Social Mistakes, Vera Solodovnikova Dubai

2011

  • Group Exhibition at Barcelona Showcase 2009 Solo Exhibition in Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona
  • Barcelona Show Case at Casa Batillo Gaudi, Barcelona

2009

  • The Factory 2, Solo Exhibition, Barcelona

2007

  • The Factory 1, Solo Exhibition, Barcelona

2006

  • Gallery Alzueta Solo Exhibition, Barcelona

1995

  • Group Exhibition in Masnou For Fransesc Fabregas