Manuel Almenares

Manuel Almenares. Member of the NCU since 2023. Based in Havana, Cuba

Member of the NCU since 2023
Based in Havana, Cuba


Manuel Almenares Estrada was born in 1992 in Havana, the capital of Cuba.
2007-2010 — He studied high school at the Vladimir Ilich Lenin Vocational Pre-University Institute of Exact Sciences.
After finishing his military service, he worked as a messenger at the Sacred Greek Orthodox Cathedral of San Nicolas de Mira in Havana, where he had his first contacts with photography by working as a photojournalist for religious activities.
2014-2017 — at the Cabrales del Valle Academy of Art and Photography he studied the levels of Photographic Technique, Photographic Appreciation, Photographic Composition, Genres and Styles of Photography and Portrait Technique.
2016 — he work as a free lance for the company 'Fathom'.
2016-2019 — Manuel was the photographer for Opus Habana Magazine of the Office of the City Historian (OHC). It was during this period that he gained working experience as a photojournalist and decided to channel his personal work towards documentary photography with a marked humanist bias.
Since 2020 — associate member of the Agencia Jíbaro Photos.
Since 2023 ​​— member of the Noga Creative Union.

​​Awards & Honors

2020 — Grand Prize of Cuban Photo Library and Grant of Alfredo Sarabia, to the essay: 'The disease over the disease' (2020) at the IX Alfredo Sarabia in Memoriam Photography Biennial.

Solo exhibitions

2021 — The disease on the disease, The South Florida Latin American Photography Forum (SoFLaFoto), Miami, Florida, USA.
2019 — Black Wall (Guest artist’s wall), Series: 'Once upon a time in the west…', Cuban Art Factory, Havana, Cuba.
2018 — guest artist at the 17th ICAIC Youth Show, Charles Chaplin Gallery and public intervention at Variedades 23 y 10 (Ten Cents) Expo: 'Verbo de perro', Havana, Cuba.

Group exhibitions

2020 — City Vs Quarentine, Lviv region, Ukraine.
2020 — Contemporary Stories, Casa América, Madrid, Spain.
2019 — 8th House, XIII Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.
2017 — Double Play, Cuatro Caminos Photo-Museum, Series: 'Once upon a time in the west…', Mexico City, Mexico.
2017 — Cuba trhough our eyes, University of Washington Tower Seattle, Washington, USA.
2017 — exhibition of the Creative Workshop of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, Sala Rubén Martínez Villena, Galería UNEAC, Havana, Cuba.
2017 — exhibition of the Cabrales del Valle Academy on the occasion of the Day of Cuban Photography, Hall of Diversity of Old Havana, Havana, Cuba.
2016 — Light to your own Chemistry, photographic project of the University of the Arts (ISA), Gallery of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Havana, Cuba.
2016 — The 1st Photography Salon of the Cabrales del Valle Academy, Gallery of the University of Havana, Havana, Cuba.
2016 — Eroticism in art, San Antonio de los Baños Municipal Museum, Cuba.
2015 — Impronta, Canal Habana Art Gallery, Havana, Cuba.