Manuel Bennett is an American painter, sculptor, designer, and teacher. He was born in Philadelphia in 1921 and has lived in Mexico since 1951.His training began under the tutelage of his father, a master carpenter, and continued at the High School for Music and Art in New York and under sculptor Jacob Paul Daniels. His art career was interrupted by service in the US Army from 1942-46. In 1951, the Montgomery GI Bill enabled Bennett to return to his art training at the world famous La Esmeralda School of Painting and Sculpture in Mexico City. His long and varied career has included the invention of the pholage and contour sculpture techniques, the publication (with archaeologist Dr. Alfonso Caso) of the Bodley Codex Mixtec manuscripts, and thousands of sculptures, paintings, serigraphs, lithographs, and drawings. He currently resides in Orange County, CA.