Matt Manalo oral history interview reflecting on Covid-19 pandemic
The special oral history collection is created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt Manalo was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to Houston in 2004. He studied Computer Engineering before graduating from the Univeristy of Houston with a BFA in Painting in 2006. He is now a full time artist who takes advantage of the city of Houston’s diverse environment as a source for inspiration. He has several community based projects and businesses, including Filipinx Artists of Houston and the Alief Art House. With a passion for building a community, Manalo hopes to provide a platform for future artists. Manalo agreed to this interview in order to talk about his projects, COVID-19, how he has adapted to the current environment, and the future of the art scene in Houston.
This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.