Miguel Manrique was born in Madrid in 1938. His father was an artist and ciematographer whotaught him to draw and paint watercolours but also suggested that he looked for a profession that was more stable!
The artist left Spain in 1957 for England looking as he puts it for “freedom and to see the world”. He intended to leave England for France after a year but has remained in this country ever since as he says “it is not the weather that has attracted me to Surrey but the county and the friends I have made here”.
He had learned from his father that art is a very precarious occupation and decided to make a career for himself by going to university in London and study mathematics. For most of his working life he has been with large companies employed in various roles in IT and there was very little time to restart again his passion for painting. He still drew as often as he could, but did not start painting again until the late 80’s. In 1997 he took early retirement so that he could concentrate on art full time.
His paintings have been exhibited in this country at the Fairfield’s Hall and he has had exhibitions in East Grinstead, Woldingham, Caterham and Westerham. Abroad he has exhibited in Paris, St Tropez, Brussels, Ceret, Valmy and others.
In 2008 he completed a MASTER's degree in FINE ART at Brighton University.
In 2012 he published a book of drawings and poems on life in the Mediterranean coast.
He considers himself a painter in the Spanish tradition of movement and realism. His main influence comes from the colours of the Mediterranean, which he feels allows him to portray the spirit of what painting should be about , mainly colour and movement. His favourite painters are Velázquez, Picasso and the Spanish “bodegón” painter Melendez, but he is also very much influenced by the French Fauves. To the artist, painting can only be emotional and the realism that is shown in his paintings has to be created from within the artist, not as a photographer might see it, but as his emotion at the moment of painting feels it.
In his ink drawings he manages to interpret the energy and rhythm of life. In his oils we are also on a similar level where the masses, the colours and the forms are treated with equal importance.