David Manzur, Colombian (1929 - )

It was born in Neira, Calda, and advanced his first studies in the School of Beautiful Arts of Bogota. The Colombian artist, David Manzur Londoño who began in the art in Oilbag, a Spanish post station in Equatorial Guinea, where she lived from the 3 to the 17 years, studied in the School of Claret Art in the Palms, Islands
The Canary Islands, before entering the School of Beautiful Arts in Bogota.

Manzur tried diverse forms of expression that were from music and the dance to the performance and the painting, field in which like puristic and seeking creator of the perfection, it has been located in the first row of the Colombian artists and like one of the Latin Americans of the aseptic realism.

In 1961 the “I gained the “Guggenheim Prize” in 1962 Prize Guggenheim Foundation” in New York. In 1964 it gained a scholarship to study in the Pratt Graphic Art Center, granted by the O.A.S. Soon it obtained the prize of the Interior of Antioch, in the Second biennial of Medellín. Some of their works are in the United States, the Pan-American Union of Washington, the Inter-American Bank, the Library of the Congress, the Museum of the University of Oklahoma and, in collections like the one of Loockwood, Cleveland, among others.

Manzur is a meticulous and very detailed artist and follows in the tradition of those who define a clear time period in which to labor and complete a work no matter what his emotional state is that day. However, given this he also never shows works to the public that he feels were created while not being able to give his all to that artwork. As such, despite over thirty years now of creating his pastel drawing, only works that he himself accepts are numbered and made available to the general public.

To date, in the first decade of the new millennium there are less than 1800 such drawings created over the last thirty years and perhaps even less available in the open market. Sixty works per year plus a small number of oil and acrylic paintings. Quite a small body of work given that Picasso is said to have left around 18,000 works between drawings and paintings.

The pastel on paper drawings can be obtained from between USD $10,000 and $30,000 depending on the theme and quality of the work and oils on canvas or board can fetch from USD $10,000 up to several USD $100,000. Perhaps due to the small quantity of works available around the world, very few have ever made it to the secondary art market defined by the auction houses and so as such Manzur´s auction record is still quite small. This by itself should ensure that as more works become available in the future we should see some new records being created.

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