Born in Winnipeg, Manny developed a love for the broad open skies and elemental lines of the prairie landscape. Among his early artistic influences were Lawren Harris and Alex Colville. At university, Manny studied architecture and came to admire the aesthetic of modern architects such Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. After graduating from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture in 1981, Manny worked as an artist for a number of years and had work accepted into the Manitoba Society of Artists’ Juried Exhibitions in 1983 and 1985 respectively.
In 1985, Manny took a pause from his artwork and began to pursue his business career. In 1988, Manny obtained a MBA, and in 1995 he received his accounting designation and was subsequently granted a Fellowship. Prior to retirement in 2017 from his position as Manitoba Hydro’s Corporate Treasurer, Manny had many years of senior management experience for various companies.
In 2016, following a 31 year hiatus from painting, Manny once again returned to his work as a full-time professional artist and has shown his acrylic paintings in numerous gallery exhibitions and juried competitions. For example, in 2020, Manny had two of his paintings juried into the Society of Canadian Artists 2020 International Open Juried Online Exhibition. In addition, Manny has had six paintings accepted into the last four Manitoba Society of Artists’ Open Juried Competitions, including receiving an Honorable Mention award in 2016 and the W. Cliff Packer Memorial Award in 2019.