Cesar Manrique's genius

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It was my last day on Lanzarote, I needed to make it count. I had a good breakfast and finished packing. I loaded the luggage in the trunk, really seemed heavy!

My first stop was Fundacion de Cesar Manrique, his former home which is now a gallery his and other’s works. It’s located in Tahiche, near Teguise

The César Manrique Foundation is located in the artist’s house-studio. The foundation does important work in the field of plastic arts, the environment and culture. Its most important objectives include the conservation, research and promotion of the work of Manrique, as well as the promotion of environmentally-friendly artistic activity.

The house is built on an outcrop of lava, on top of five large, natural volcanic bubbles.

The upper floor is inspired by the traditional architecture of Lanzarote, and incorporates modern, functional elements such as French windows. Furthermore, in the central volcanic bubble there is a large relaxation area with a swimming pool, dining room, oven, barbeque... It also has abundant vegetation. The last area, on the way out, is the painter's old studio.

 This man is truly was a genius with art and design. He creations are Picasso-esque but different. He has flair like Gaudi but, there cannot be comparison here either. He had a unique creative eye and likes to use simple forms to make complex art. He liked to interweave geometric shapes. His home is filled with other of his images. his design aesthetic, in architecture, interior design, art, and landscape design. Again, I repeat, he was a genius.  I bought a t-shirt that uses a volcano and camel design of his. You don’t see it overused like some of the other images like the devil of Timanfaya.

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