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J. Manley – the artist

Jaques Messina, aka Jacques Manley, painter of Italian heritage, born in 1949 in Naples, Italy, educated at the School of Fine Arts, worked as an interior architect during several years. Today he applies his education in architecture to develop himself in all painting techniques, from sketching and perspective for his trompe l’oeil artworks to classical and modern murals.








In 1966, 2 months apprenticeship in marble quarry in Florence, Italy

From 1966 to 1969, Tunis School of Fine Arts, department for Decorative Arts and Anatomy Sketching

1992 and 1993 studies in drawing, colour and form at Arts Déco in villa Tiol, Nice, France

Professional Experience

From 1970 to 1976, works at UNESCO in Tunisia with Mr. G. Fradier and M. Steimbak, Department of Architecture, Engineering, Urban Development and Landscaping, Decoration.

From 1976 to 1979, works in Tunisie for Mr. Olivier Cacoub, Chief architect for the national palaces and consulting architect for the Administration of Tunisia. Mr. Caboub received the "Grand Prix de Rome” for the construction of palaces (Palace of President H. Borugiba in Carthage, the Mausoleum of the President in Monastir, the Palace of Houphouet-Boigny in Yvory Coast), etc. Responsibilities included: , specification, drafting, blueprints, modelling and construction supervision.

From 1979 to 1983, after returning to France, Jacques Messina holds various positions as interior architect with the offices of J. Causse, Rigault, M. Benaim, Orselli, etc. for the development of 220 dwellings in Valbonne, Sophia-Antipolis, Quartier 2 Garbejaire.

Residing in Geneva, Switzerland since 1984, he works as painter, sculptor, decorator and art teacher for adults and children.

2003 Teaching children from 8 to 13 years drawing and painting classes at the College La Florence while creating frescos and trompe l’oeil for privat customers




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