Manalo was born in Toronto. Graduated with a BFA, winner of the Sculpture & Installation Medal, Ontario College of Art & Design University in 2010. He received an MFA and Certificate in Museum Studies, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston, MA in 2019.
His work has participated in exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Toronto, garnering many awards including: Nora E. Vaughan Award, InterAccess Media Arts Award, OCAD University; MST Bronze Sculpture Award, Toronto; SMFA Presidential Scholarship, Museum Council Sculpture Prize, Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) Research Fellowship, Presidential Award for Civic Life, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Tufts University.
From 2017 – 2019, Manalo was a Teaching Assistant and Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow, Sculpture and Performance Dept., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University.
My work is an exploration of our relationship with objects and how we identify ourselves through them. Objects that are common and “everyday”, that have both a contemporary and nostalgic value and evoke past memories and present experiences inspire my sculptural work. As a way for me to play with the meanings and connotations of the object’s form and material, I use mould-making and casting techniques quite heavily in my practice. I work mostly with plastic materials such as resin and rubber because of resin’s durability and rubber’s likeness to organic flesh. This makes plastic the most appropriate material for my work because it correlates with the concepts of my pieces which are often about the body and how we position them in our everyday.