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Manss (www.manssaval.com) is an artist and long-time fine art photographer who works and resides in San Diego, California. He studied at the University of Hamburg and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has a broad background in media, communications and the sciences (including a Ph.D.). As primary medium he concentrates on photography, acrylic and oil, and mixed media techniques. Among his other interests are sculptures, video and film. Inspired by Nature’s patterns and textures his works transform inanimate objects into faces, designs and complete figures that present our environment in a different, more intimate perspective. Manss’ abstract expressionism brims with free, gestural strokes, a rich palette and radiates emotive energy. As one art critic remarked, ’his work is characterized by a sense of impromptu and instinctive freedom’. He has participated in over 30 juried solo and group shows in New York, Pasadena, San Diego, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Miami Beach and international venues, including Barcelona, Florence, Merida, New York, Paris, Rome and Toronto. His fine art and photographic work has received many national and international awards. He is recipient of an International Fine Art Photography Award, 2013 in Europe’s most prestigious photo competition, and was selected by Art Platform’s Vanguard Visionaries project, Arttour International Magazine’s “Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art” 2015, ArtBuzz 2014 Juried Fine Art Search, Winner in the 6th Artslant Showcase competition, 2014, YourDailyPhotograph.com, 2014, the International Art Festival Committee, New York, 2014, the Toronto Star Photography Awards, 2014, the Texas Spirit Art Show National Juried Art Competition, 2014, Four Points Contemporary, Carlsbad’s William D. Cannon Art Gallery 2013 Juried Biennial, the 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition of the San Diego Athenaeum Museum.