Matt Manalo was born and raised in Manila and is currently based in Houston, Texas. He moved to the United States along with his family to pursue his education. He received a BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from the University of Houston. He grew up being heavily influenced by comic books and cartoons. His art making process includes collage, painting, and sculpture. His work explores his Filipino identity and the places he has lived.

October 2015 feature with Isabel Cuenca and Matt Manalo