“I still need to find my true calling and it is a moment in time which I enjoy.”- Eduardo Manilla
Eduardo Manilla has an interesting role. Not only is he the Founder and host of all of the events for Dogtown Artists United, but he is a featured artist in each gallery show or performance as well. His growing list of talent includes: painting, photography, technical drawing, surfing, starting non-profit organizations, and supporting other organizations that inspire him. Knowing the diversity of Eduardo, you never know which side of him you are going to get at any given event.
It is rare when one person can encompass a multitude of artistic talents and even more difficult to find a word to define that person, but the best way I ultimately found to describe Eduardo Manilla is: Music Curator, Collector, and Collaborator of the Venice Beach Artists.
A native of Ensenada, Eduardo studied design and architecture in his country. Now, a licensed architect, his work has taken him from prestigious firms in Mallorca Spain to MINARC in Santa Monica and even earned him an honorary award given by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his collaboration with the LAbtop Architectural Firm.
Despite the accolades, the artist in Eduardo was not fulfilled with his role as “Architect;” he needed to cultivate his creative side. Instead of spending years designing a house to make one family happy, he wanted a larger and more diverse audience. He wanted to reach as many people as possible through his art and to bring together artists of all mediums to celebrate, collaborate, and create. Thus, the inspiration was born to create Dogtown Artists United, an organization that celebrates and organizes events to showcase local artists in his community.
He added, “Opening new doors has a very exciting feeling and I love the process. But I know that at some point I need to settle down and focus on one main thing in order to be successful and make it big in one discipline instead of just being another “jack of all trades”.
For a man that is still searching to find what artistic medium truly defines him, living and surrounding himself with the diversity and culture of Venice Beach, may be the best way for him to explore his own personal definition. The one consistent thing about Eduardo is that you will never be able to define him as an artist in one word.