CÚsar Manrique was born on the 24th April 1919 in Arrecife, Lanzarote. He was one of twins and preceded his sister by a few minutes.
He had a happy, middle-class childhood, then volunteered for the Spanish Civil War on Franco's side. When the war was over he set fire his uniform, so it appears that he was unhappy during that period.
After the war he enrolled at La Laguna university to study Technical Architecture but left after two years. Later he studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, becoming an art professor and painter.
Lanzarote would not be the same place without CÚsar Manrique, as everywhere you can see his influence, in his paintings sculptures and architectural influences. He was also an ecologist, made sure that historical buildings etc. were preserved, and he was involved in the planning of urban developments and designed landscapes and gardens.
He was tragically killed in a car accident on the 25 of September 1992 aged 73, in Arrecife near the Fundacion, which is a non profit making organisation based in the unusually designed studio home of CÚsar Manrique. It is quite sad that he should die this way as he protested at the increasing number of cars on Lanzarote
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