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César Manrique from Lanzarote
In Puerto Naos, Arrecife - Lanzarote, on April 24th 1919, Cesar Manrique Cabrera was born. He was a twin and preceded his twin sister Amparo by just a few minutes!! Francisca and Gumersindo, were his parents. He also had another sister and brother of which are still alive. Don Gumersindo came from Fuerteventura of good family background and emigrated to Lanzarote. His father was a food merchant and his grandfather a notary public. The Manriques constituted a typical middle class family, without financial burdens.
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It is impossible to imagine Lanzarote as it stands today without Cesar Manrique. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, ecologist, monument preserver, construction advisor, planner of urban developments, outliner of landscapes and gardens.
Manrique felt that he had to transform the island before the increasing amount of tourists overwhelmed and disfigured it irreversibly. With his great intuition combined with his incredible artistic ability he identified various areas on Lanzarote and improved their intrinsic beauty. Such works have become famous landmarks to be enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike.
Those who knew Manrique only superficially ignored the load of puritanism that ruled his conduct. Manrique was really a frugal man, he didn't drink, didn't smoke and didn't allow others to smoke next to him, he regularly went to bed very early and got up at dawn, and began work in his studio very early.
He died at the age of 73 in a tragic car accident, on the 25 of September 1992, next to the Fundacion, near Arrecife. The irony of fate had it that he would encounter death in a car accident, as he loathed the massive amount of vehicles.
For more information about Cesar Manrique, his foundation and attractions. Photos and more history on his life then visit the website; www.cesarmanrique.com - this is in Spanish and English.
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