Manuel Millares Biography

Manuel Millares (1926-1972), Spanish painter born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Your stay in Lanzarote during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) makes contact with the nature, which influence their work. At first, surrealism who exercises great influence on him, at this time (1949) dates its first pictograms. He later befriended by the school of Altamira and is one of the contributors LADAC (The Archers of Contemporary Art).

After delving into the idiosyncrasies canaria as themes of his works, goes to investigate the surfaces and textures matter. From there draw their sacking, which combines wood and sand. In 1955 makes its perforations. Participates in the creation of the El Paso group, which have a decisive influence on the spread of Spanish informality or expressive abstraction. The trip by the Sahara in 1969, whose atmosphere will affect their conception of painting, resulting in a predominance of white sand in particular. This phase is followed by another entitled Antropofaunas and Neardentalios series consists of metamorphosed beings and turned into fantastic.

Thousands creates pictorial surfaces, volumes almost sculptural, they provoke in the viewer an intense emotional reaction. His work, in the purest informality, is exhibited in many museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA), the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca.