Alfredo Manrique (b. 1949, d. 2006) is highly regarded as the man who pioneered digital art in the Philippines during the 1980s. His incursion into the world of digital media led him to co-found e@art Philippines, a coterie of Filipino digital art practitioners and enthusiasts. He served as the Director of IT company, Cyberspace Inc., and tech solutions consulting company, MISNet.

In the early 70s, Manrique took Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and Fine Arts. There, he was exposed to the plight of the Filipino masses, most especially those oppressed by the Marcos dictatorship, through interaction and participation in student rallies and protests. Thus jolted awake to society’s ills, he went on to pursue a career in art. In the mid-70s, he joined the social realist art group, Kaisahan, which produced a large body of political art as a means of protest. A virtuoso in painting, printmaking, photography, and digital art, Manrique made it a point to vividly convey his dissent towards the country’s socio-political atmosphere through his creations. Two of his major works currently hold residence at the Ateneo Art Gallery in Metro Manila, namely his iconic 1978 masterpiece Bunong Balikat, and 1983’s social commentary, Harvest.