Manss moved at an early age to Germany where he stayed to attend college, then on to Canada where he completed his degrees in Vancouver and finally to San Diego. He presently concentrates on painting, photography, and sculptures and has a broad set of skills with backgrounds in media, communications and the sciences (including a Ph.D.). A Nature enthusiast, Manss dedicated much time studying wildlife to captivate movements in time and space, creating enchanted sceneries with animals at center stage. His works levitate between fantasy and mysterious quantum space, leaving the viewer in meditative explorations of familiar memories, dreams and perhaps alien realities. His work feature a distinctly natural quality, full of soft, energetic shapes, earth tones, and subtle, vibrant colors and present a unique intersection of arts and science.
Born in 1945, Uwe spent his formative years in Vienna, Austria, and entered the professional School for Graphic Design at 15. He frequented the Kaffee Havelca, a popular hangout for artists, where he was exposed to leaders of the Vienna School of Surrealists, including Hundertwasser, Leherb, Fuchs and others. At night he studied with a leading graphic designer and in his spare time drew inspirations from earlier Viennese masters, Gustav Klimt, and his favorite, Egon Schiele. He was particularly enthralled with Schiele’s line work and his edgy composition style. After graduating from design school Uwe relocated to Seattle and launched his own design firm. He specialized in creating logo designs, strategic branding concepts and corporate designs for regional and national companies. Now he is poised to undertake his final challenge: the artistic expression of universal themes that resonate with all people. He creates layered and iconic portraits that draw from all aspects of his background, his youth in Vienna, his career as a graphic artist and life in the Pacific Northwest.