Manotes in Can Prunera
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Sóller
Mallorca

Can Prunera Modernist Museum, located in Sóller, hosted the second solo exhibition by the Mallorcan artist Fernando Esteban Manotes.  

The life of Fernando Esteban Manotes (Palma, 1953) is marked by art, silence, travel and chance. As a child, he was a neighbour of Joan Miró, with whom he developed a friendship that led him to become interested in drawing. At the age of just eighteen he turned a family home in La Bonanova into his studio —inhabited, on the first floor, by the American artist Ellis Jacobson (San Diego, California, 1925-Palma, 2013), who taught him about compositive balance and chromatism.

In 1975 he held his first solo exhibition in the 4 Gats gallery in Palma, which was attended by Miró. Shortly afterwards, he went on a journey to Japan which marked the compositive essence of his strokes, thanks to his fascination for the work of Japanese masters such as Hakuin, Hirochique or Utamaro. In this country he held several exhibitions and came into contact with meditation, to which he has remained attached ever since.

The 1980s were marked by informalist gesturalism. In the ‘nineties, in Barcelona, he met the abstract expressionist Kenneth Noland, who stimulated him to gain the Krasner Pollock Foundation grant in 1991, which was awarded to him. Later, he began a personal journey which Manotes himself defines as a “game with no fixed pretension, with no express objective”. His last solo exhibition was held in Mallorca in the year 2000 at the Altair Gallery (Palma). In 2019, after nearly two decades, he re-encounted the public at Can Prunera Modernist Museum to exhibit “A long, solitary journey. Art, life and silence in Manotes”.

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