Manolo Millares

Manolo Millares

1926 - 1972

Biography

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1926 – Madrid, 1972

Manolo Millares was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Between 1936 and 1938 he lived in Lanzarote where he began to paint, and in 1938 the family moved to live in Las Palmas. This is where he held several individual exhibitions and made his first contact with contemporary art through Felo Monzón. In 1949 a stylistic change occurred in his work when he read the Surrealist Manifesto; It is in this same year that he founded the LADAC group. Through the members of the Altamira School he came into contact with Spanish artists who were supporters of artistic renewal. In 1951 he exhibited for the first time in Barcelona and Madrid. After four years he settled in the Spanish capital. He also participates in the I Hispano-American Biennial. Millares was one of the organizers of the First Spanish Abstract Art Salon held at the Ibero-American Institute of Valencia (1956). At the end of the 50s the exhibitions began. In 1969 he made a trip through the Sahara. All this activity unfortunately ended in 1971 when he suffered a stroke.