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Artist Name

Lilianna Manahan

Born: 1985

Hometown: Manila

Based in: Manila

Lilianna Manahan finished her Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 2004 and completed her BFA Industrial design degree at the University of the Philippines. She later on worked with Kenneth Cobonpue as part of his research and Design team. In 2012, Lilianna began her own design practice under her own name, Lilianna Manahan and in 2014 was awarded as one of the six Rising Asian Talents at the first Maison et Objets Asia.

Her work has been described as alternately whimsical or industrial, depending on the objects she designs, utilizing materials that range from natural materials to ceramics, resins and metals, sometimes doing finishes herself. The size of her works and installations run from the minuscule to large-scale. Her work has been described as pieces that pay attention to details, whether in their functional or artistic elements.

Her recent project was a collaboration with glass blowers from the Czech Republic where she designed an array of sculptures and glass vessels. She continues to exhibit, create and express herself through products, objets d’art and site specific art installations.

 



More About Lilianna Manahan

Question IconWhat inspires you?

The little glimmers of wonder in every day life.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

Paper. I use paper to make quick mock ups. And music, lots of it!

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

My dad always told me to just keep making things. I now see that in the process of making I discover more ways to express my work, and draw inspiration through the process.


Credentials

Education

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

United Kingdom, 2003

Awards

Ateneo Art Awards Shortlist

2019

Maison et Objet Rising Asian Talent

2014

Exhibitions

Snapshoot

Philippines, 2023

Find Asian Design Fair EMERGE

Singapore, 2022

Unlimited

Philippines, 2021

Loft 01 (Group Show)

Philippines, 2020

Phenomena

Philippines, 2019

Unearth Asia (Group Show)

United States of America, 2019

Signum Contemporary Objects Exhibit

Philippines, 2018

The Artling Collectible Showcase

Singapore, 2018

Green Touch (Group Show)

Taiwan, 2017

Matter and Muse (Group Show)

Italy, 2017

Manara

Philippines, 2017

Cesky Strepy Bohemian Shards (Group Show)

Czechia, 2017

D'Days (Group Show)

France, 2016

Maison et Objet Asia Rising Talents

Singapore, 2014

Rhythm

Philippines, 2014

Funktion

Philippines, 2012

Omelette

Philippines, 2009