Born in Nampula, Mozambique, in 1970. He lives and works in Porto. Degree in Fine Arts - Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto University. PhD studies at theFine and Visual Arts Programme “Modes of Knowledge in Contemporary Artistic Practice”, Vigo University. He has exhibited regularly since 1999. Contemplating several artistic practices, such as installation, photography, painting, video, performance, theater and sound, Manuel Santos Maia's work has been presented in different countries such as the United States of America, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Uruguay, Macau and Algeria and in several national cities such as Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Faro, Lagos, Oeiras, Guimarães, Braga, Viseu, Caldas da Rainha, Tomar, Cascais, Sines, Elvas, Guarda, Bragança, Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos, São João da Madeira, Oeiras, Sines, Viana do Castelo, Vila Nova de Famalicão, among others. His work is represented in several institutional and private collections: Portuguese State, Museum of Neo-Realism, Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto University, Minho University, Zé dos Bois Gallery, Jorge Gaspar and Ana Marin collection, among others.