Manuel Lau was born in Lima, Peru. He studied printmaking at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima. He currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Manuel has shown his works in Peru, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Yugoslavia, Thailand, Germany, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, United States and Canada. In 2006, he spent a month in an artistic residency at the Landis National Museum of Hesse in Darmstadt, Germany. Collections include: Loto-Quebec, Banque Nationale du Québec, Hyundai Arts Center Gallery, Bibliotèque Nationale du Québec, Canada Council Art Bank.
The singular mixture of Manuel’s cultural backgrounds: Peruvian, Chinese and Canadian, and his own personal story in each of these cultures have created a unique cycle of memories and experiences that has provided the context and inspiration for his works.
In Manuel’s recent graphic works, since he moved to the city of Montreal in 2004; animals have been present in the majority of his images. Montreal’s beloved mountain Mont-Royal served as the motif and the inspiration for his creativity. Red coloured dogs and cats became the main figure in each of his compositions.