Discover Cesar Manrique

César Manrique Cabrera was born on the 24th of April of 1919 in Arrecife, Lanzarote, where he spent his childhood and adolescence. Gifted for drawing from an early age, he began his studies in Technical Architecture in the University of La Laguna, but he was soon to discover that his true vocation was painting and, to pursue it, move to Madrid in 1945 to study Fine Arts in the Academy of San Fernando. He remained in this city for over a decade. During this time, many exhibitions of his art works took place both in Spain and abroad.

In 1952, motifs for his paintings were often still lives, pottery, seafaring symbols, architectural elements typical of Lanzarote – ovens, chimneypieces, wells -, as well as farming life. From 1953 on, there is however a shift towards cubism and constructivism, which started influencing his paintings after a trip to Paris in which he met Picasso and was widely exposed to art works. That was the start of his using new techniques and materials; there is a clear prevalence of earth tones – which over time would evolve into igneous reddish tones, resembling the colours in lava. In 1964 he moved to New York. In the big city, he was in direct contact with American abstract expressionism in all spheres of art, becoming imbued in a different culture that would ultimately influence his artistic production. In spite of all of the above, paintings he produced during this period of time reflect nostalgia through their motifs and the names they are given – Geria, Femés, Caleta -, a number of which are names of places in Lanzarote closely linked to the artist’s childhood and memories in the island.

In 1966, he made a decision to return to his native island permanently. Tourism in Lanzarote was just blooming at that time, and César Manrique, who after his time in New York valued even more the natural beauty of his homeland, became deeply involved in the process to promote a model of development compatible with the preservation of Lanzarote’s nature, landscape and culture. His participation in such projects leaned him towards other artistic branches and so he embarked on public landscape projects: gardens, viewpoints, roads, reconditioning deteriorated spaces, coastal areas, etc. In most cases, he would utilize the whimsical shapes of the topography originated by lava flows – land protrusions, crags, volcanic tubes, caves, coastal rocky platforms… -, always seeking to integrate them in the natural surroundings and using local architectural models and materials. It is safe to say that Manrique set a precedent in that respect. His first work in this field was Los Jameos del Agua (Lanzarote, 1968), followed by the Mirador del Río viewpoint, the Jardín de Cáctus garden and the Costa Martiánez maritime park in Puerto de La Cruz, amongst others.

Since the mid-80s, his international presence increased when he was awarded several significant prizes to his artistic work: the Goslarer Mönchehaus Award in the Art and Environment category (1981), the Europa Nostra Award (1985), the Fritz Schumacher Architecture Award (1989), and the Canarias Prize in the category of Fine Arts (1989), to name but a few. In 1992, he was working on several projects such as the Mirador de El Palmarejo viewpoint of Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera, the Parque Marítimo del Mediterráneo maritime park, in Ceuta, the Parque Marítimo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Centro Comercial La Vaguada 2 shopping centre in Madrid, etc., when he passed away in a car crash near the César Manrique Foundation, which has carried on his work to preserve the landscape ever since.

César Manrique was a multifaceted artist who captured the force of the volcanic nature in his work in a surprisingly creative manner, and proved it possible to integrate art in natural environments.

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Weather 27th October 2016 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

I was awake for a large part of the night, so this morning was reluctant to come to.  When I did finally rub the sleep from my eyes I was welcomed with a lovely rainbow which unlike yesterday I managed to quickly capture.  Leaning out of the window to see where it was pointing, it seems as if the pot of gold might be in a neighbours garden.


Finally yesterday, after a long dry summer, we had the first good downpour of rain. Where I live, we have been fortunate to have had only a few of the lighter showers when compared to other areas. Just before 10.00am it rained heavy but that quickly passed and left us with a beautiful rainbow, (unfortunately,the battery was flat in my camera). The day continued with more rain than sun, and at one point I could hear thunder in the distance but I didn´t see any lightning. The cloud was so thick that Mount Guaza was just a memory.

After a gloomy day, I was woken at 2.00am by the rain lashing against the windows it sounded as though that was the heaviest we had had so far unlike other areas that seemed to have had the heavens literally open over them.

A note of caution: As always after rain, there is an increased risk of rock falls and minor landslides.


The following images are from Costa Adeje in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. 

Las Americas, South Tenerife 

Puerto de la Cruz, North Tenerife 

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Adeje renews its commitment to the protection of the Cory’s shearwaters


For another year running the Adeje council is contributing to the campaign for the conservation and protection of the Cory’s shearwater chicks that will be making their first flights sea-wards in the coming weeks according to the environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas.

The campaign begins this week and runs until November 15th and the public as well as authorities can take a number of steps. The first is to minimise the impact of artificial light in the night sky as this can disorient the chicks and possible provoke a fall without any chance of finding their wings again.  The most likely nights for first flights will be between October 29th and November 1st given the current lunar cycles.  This initiative is undertaken in partnership with the Tenerife Cabildo, the centre for the recuperation of fauna, the 112 emergency services and the council boroughs where these birds are known to nest and live.

“We are asking for residents to collaborate with us in this campaign and let us know if they spot chicks that have obviously lost their way or fallen in flight by phoning 112 who will activate the volunteer personnel to collect the chicks”, explained the councillor.  The centre for the recuperation of fauna will also take calls on 922 445777.   The volunteer teams are easily identifiable and carry a card with Cabildo authorisation.

If you do need to report an incident, call 112 or 922 445777 and give exact information as to the location of the chick so that it can be easily found.  You can call and report this in English too.

If you feel able to collect the bird yourself if there is a need to before the authorities arrive, you should wear gloves, cover the bird with a towel or piece of fabric without frightening the creature, place it in a box with breathing holes and leave it in a quiet place until the authorised personnel arrive.  Never try to lock the wings in place along the bird’s back.  Don’t feed the chick or give it anything to drink.


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