Abel Manta was an architect, painter, designer, and Portuguese cartoonist.
Between 1904 and 1916 attended the school of Fine Arts, completed the course in painting, having won the third Prize of the National Society of Fine Arts.
In 1919 he went to Paris participating in the "Salon de la Société Nationale" among other galleries, having also attended the course of engraving with William Schlumberger. While there he met his wife, the Portuguese artist Clementina Carneiro de Moura.
He made several trips to study in Europe.