The Manrique Fundacion is located in one of the houses, designed by Cesar Manrique. It is located inconspicuously in the middle of a lava field, just left of the road between Arrecife and Tahiche. You get a picture of the creative mind of Manrique, both as an architect, a designer and painter.
We just let the pictures speak for themselves …
At the age of 18, the young Manrique went as a volunteer to the Spanish mainland to fight on the side of Franco in the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, he returned to Lanzarote, heavily demotivated.
He went to study architecture in Tenerife, but gave up the study after two years. In 1945 he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, after which he moved around in Europe, Japan and America. Already in that period he was a celebrated artist.
With a strong feeling of nostalgia, he returned to Lanzarote in 1968 “to build the island as the most beautiful place on earth”. Something which he has succeeded masterfully.
In 1992, Manrique died in a car accident on the roundabout, near the Fundacion.