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Manuel Rivera

  • Manuel Rivera © EFE

    Manuel Rivera © EFE






Date of birth

Apr 23, 1927

Date of death

Jan 2, 1995

" Painter. Manuel Rivera was one of the creators of the El Paso art group, founded at the end of the 1950s."

Born on Granada in 1927, his full name is Manuel Rivera Hernández. Although he learned the craft of sculpting at the religious images studio of Martín Simón, he preferred painting as a medium of expression. He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Granada and, in 1942, visited Madrid for the first time, where he was deeply impressed by the Prado Museum. He entered the Seville School of Fine Arts in 1945 and, in 1947, exhibited his work at the Granada Press Association. In 1952, he produced some fresco paintings in churches, public spaces and official centres. In the 1950s, his abstract period began. In 1957, together with artists like Canogar, Chirino and Antonio Saura, he founded the El Paso group. From 1967, a new period began, strongly influenced by the Orient and by the discovery of new techniques. He died in Madrid in 1995.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1981)
Chevalier's Cross of l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France

Essential works

Other highlighted works

  • “Los Albaicines” series
  • “The mirrors” series
  • “The Japanese papers” series
  • “Las estelas segalianas” series
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