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Manuel Vilhena

Started making Jewellery in his teens learning from master craftsmen in Brazil and Italy. He later completed his training as a goldsmith in 1989. Curious about the Contemporary Jewellery phenomenon, he made his way to Cologne, to study with Prof. Skubic and later enrolled at the Royal College of Art, London, under Prof. Watkins, where he completed his Masters’ degree in 1998.

In 1999 he founded Postcon which remains active in promoting ‘Post-Contemporary Jewellery’ and other far-fetched ideas. Some are contained in Manuel’s book Do you speak Jewellery?© (1998), a seminal text for Contemporary Jewellery theory, and reviewed in 2015 in “DYSJ2”.

He has taught extensively at art institutions around the world, including the Royal College of Art, Hiko Mizuno Jewellery College, Tokyo; Silpakorn University, Bangkok; ARCO school, Lisbon, the Shenkar College in Tel-Aviv and the Alchimia School, Florence,where he was senior lecturer for six years. He was workshop leader at the Salzburg Summer Academy for two years and held a Professorship at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts for four years. He is an entertaining lecturer and most of what he says is true.

His artwork has been shown in several countries and photos of his pieces can be seen in several books on Contemporary Jewellery. The work is also present in some public and private collections, including that of the Danner Rotunde, Munich and that of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In 2007 he joined NASA (National Art Science Academy), where he collaborates with other ‘scholars’ and ‘scientists’ to promote a unified theory for the Arts, of which the formula ‘E=mc3’ is but an example.

He practises worldwide, aiming at developing the creative potential of people through the arts.

He lives between the mountains of central Europe and sunny Portugal with occasional stops for birdwatching here and there.

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