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.
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.
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.