Sculptor, born in Buckinghamshire 1942, son of R.M. Manby, an architect of Anglo-Scottish descent, and of Judith Da Fano, a distinguished Lakeland artist.
He was brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Lake District and was a pupil at Gordonstoun. He studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art under the guidance of Eric Schilsky 1960-66 and then lectured in sculpture at Stoke College of Art for five years before leaving in 1972 to work as a freelance sculptor with his wife, the painter Lee Mackay. In 1991 he was awarded an MA in Architectural History at Keele University.
Early figurative work in various media, gradually led to simplified and abstracted use of the human form in larger scale carvings in wood and stone. From the early 1990’s, he has mainly worked in clay, with many significant pieces cast in bronze.
Manby is a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and is an elected Diplomate of the Paisley Art Institute. He has been a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy and his work has been shown in numerous mixed exhibitions and art fairs. His sculpture is internationally collected.