Manuel Franquelo

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Manuel Franquelo (born in Málaga 1953) is a Spanish painter and mixed media sculptor.[1][2]

Franquelo established his reputation as a hyper-realist painter. A common theme in his paintings are a collection of still life objects arranged on a shelf against a dark background.

From the late 1990s Franquelo has worked and collaborated with Adam Lowe and engineer Sven Nebel, creating the Factum Arte studio together. Franquelo trained as an electronic engineer, and now produces installations and sculptures often incorporating electronics or computer control.

In 2002, Franquelo and Lowe contributed to a project, supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and the Supreme Council of Antiquities, to laser-scan and replicate the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, which was completed in 2010. It is in storage in Madrid, being held jointly by the Factum Arte, University of Basel, and the Friends of the Royal Tombs project. When the political situation in Egypt stabilises, they plan to install the replica in the Valley of Kings for public viewing [3][4]

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