He was born on September 14, 1924, in Takara, a village within Shiranui, District of Udo, Province of Kumamoto, currently named city of Shiranui. The family Mabe, by tradition, was the owner of a lodging site destined to people arriving by vessel from Shimabara and Misumi. His father’s name was Soichi Mabe, who first worked in Japan as a railroad employee and afterwards as a barber. His mother’s name was Haru. She descended from a traditional farmers family. The family was made up of seven sons, being Manabu the oldest, following him Satoru, Michiko, Hitoko, Yoshiko and Sunao, having this last two brothers been born in Brazil. Tetsuya, a cousin of theirs, has also been brought up together with them after his father’s death. Manabu Mabe has immigrated to Brazil in 1934, when he was ten, on board of the vessel La Plata Maru. His wife Yoshino left to Brazil the same year, coming from Niigata.
Mabe has taken part in FIAC (Contemporary Art International Fair) in Paris and ARCO, in Spain, for years. During all the time, Mabe has divided his official home in Brazil with at least two trips to New York, Paris and Tokio, where he was used to frequently produce his paintings. In Japan, he has painted several relevant works, including the one titled “Curtain Mouth” for the theatre in Kumamoto, measuring approximately 9.00 x 18.0 meters in silk. In Brazil – city of Santos, at the Barra Lighthouse, a mosaic of his work of art, measuring 3.00 x 5.00 meters has been constructed through IPHAN at the Fort Chapel. On September 22, 1997, Mabe died in São Paulo.