Manny Manster Cortés
Mexican by blood, Chicagoan by heart, and Brussels sprout for love – Emmanuel Cortés (Manny Manster), a mix between an artist and an urban planner, is based in Brussels.
With a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a background in fine arts, Cortés questions his world through sculptural objects and functional art.
He is the product of a lower-class immigrant household, skeptical of the white institutionalized art world.
His work is inspired by the chaotic nature of the urban environment, decomposition and the imperfect.
Urban decay and erosion are experienced both physically in the elements and infrastructure of a city, and socially in the political systems by which people live. Emmanuel reimagines this decay and erosion into functional art by combining traditional media and found materials.
His most current work explores the decolonialization of his own practice, ideals and presentation within the western world.
He is constantly finding ways to merge his experiences in urban planning and art. Since 2011, he has collaborated with many artists and worked for artistic collectives and alternative structures of creation and diffusion.