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César Manrique

  • Portrait of César Manrique © Fundación César Manrique

    Portrait of César Manrique © Fundación César Manrique






Date of birth

Apr 24, 1919

Date of death


"Plastic artist and architect. Committed to the preservation of the cultural patrimony of his hometown Lanzarote, he is one of the most prominent artists of the second half of the 20th century."

Born in Arrecife, Lanzarote in 1920, he studied at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid. During his stay at the Spanish capital, he was one of the pioneers of national abstract painting in the 50s. In 1964, he moved to New York where he discovered the pictorial trends of abstract expressionism or Pop Art. He has held exhibitions at prestigious galleries in New York, an experience which would be fundamental to his later development. In 1966 he returned to live in Lanzarote permanently. His interventions on the island’s landscape through architectural creations which combine a nonintrusive fusion of art and nature have earned him world-famous acknowledgements. He died in Lanzarote in 1992.


World Ecology Award (1978)
Great Cross of Civil Merit (1980)
Europa Nostra Award (1987)
Arts Award of the Canary Islands (1987)
Fine Arts Award of the Canary Islands (1989)

Essential works

Other highlighted works

  • Peasant Home-Museum in Lanzarote
  • San José Castle in Lanzarote
  • El Diablo Restaurant in Timanfaya
  • La Vaguada Shopping Centre in Madrid
  • Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote
  • Guatisa Cactus Garden in Lanzarote
  • Mirador del Río in Lanzarote

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