César Manrique is an artist, painter and architect born in Lanzarote in 1919. He fought in the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer in the artillery unit on Franco’s side. After the end of the Civil War he studied architecture and then fine arts. In 1964 he moved to NYC, rented a studio and produced a number of paintings which he exhibited with success in the prestigious New York gallery “Catherine Viviano”. Two years later he began to feel nostalgia for his island and returned to Lanzarote.
“When I returned from New York, I came with the intention of turning my native island into one of the more beautiful places in the planet, due to the endless possibilities that Lanzarote had to offer.”
He recognized the touristic potential of the island and lobbied successfully to encourage responsible development of tourism. In twenty years he successfully transformed his island into a model of sustainable development, a laboratory unique in the world, a global masterpiece.
Manrique had a major influence on the planning regulations in Lanzarote, which is very visible today with the lack of high rise hotels and all villages using traditional colors in their exterior decoration. This is a major difference with other Canary islands where seashore is too often covered by concrete.
Manrique died in a car accident very close to his Lanzarote home, in 1992. He was aged 73.Show Map
Jameos del Aqua
Cesar Manrique Foundation
Casa Museo del Campesino
Mirador del Rio