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Filiep Manger

Filiep Manger (1964) lives in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
After meeting Zimbabwean artist of Tengenge in 1998 Filiep started sculpting wood and stone. In 2003 he discovers the former Centro International de Escultura in Pêro Pinheiro Portugal. One year later he decide to end his career as a consultant in environmental policy and dedicated his time and energy to sculpting in natural stone. The quest of creating beautiful objects and the physical labour of sculpting seems far more rewarding than office work. His finds inspiration in nature, in forms like the sand dunes of the Sahara or the bones of animals.

One of the most interesting projects was organising the group exhibition “Made in Portugal” in 2005 at Gallery & Sculpture Park Groeneveld Almelo in the Netherlands; with a truckload of works of Filiep and six fellow-sculptors of the Sintra area, including sculptures of  Carlos Andrade and Matthias Contzen. Some highlights in Portugal were the participation at V Prémio Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante (2005) and the First Bienal Internacional de Artes Plásticas de Montijo (2008). In 2006 a solo exhibition has been organised by the municipality of Vila Franca de Xira at the gallery Palácio Quinta da Piedade.