David Manzur

Outstanding works byDavid Manzur

Lady of stone, 2023

Lady with white collar, 2023

Fish devouring a horse, 2014

Tribute to composer Luis Antonio Escobar, 1998

The stay of a musician friend, 1984 – 1991

The Cardinal, 2020

The white table, 2020

Night Rider, 2021

The lady who stopped time, 2018

Winter, 2014

The woman in the purple shoe, 2022

Table with instruments, 2021

The hoop, 2021

Summer, 2014

Cardinal Wind, 2020

Bull in Faena, 2019

The ghost, 2021

Bulls drinking water, 2014

Flies, 1998

Biography of David Manzur

Biography of David Manzur

The constructivist dramatism embodied in Manzur’s painting is unmatched, he has the ability to combine traditional art with modernist painting, supported by important references in painting without ever losing his personal imprint, making him an expert in drawing, painting, anatomy and composition.

David Manzur was born in Neira, a mountainous region in northwestern Colombia, on December 14, 1929. During 1934, his parents decided to move to Lebanon as a consequence of an economic crisis, but not before a stopover in Spain. So it was that already on the trip the Civil War broke out, completely changing the family’s plans and almost forcing them to settle elsewhere, more specifically in the port of Bata, capital of Spanish Guinea (now Equatorial Guinea), Africa.

When the Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, it seemed that they could now stick to their original plan, but that same year saw the first fighting of World War II. Their parents, having the safety and education of their children as a priority, decided to board in religious schools in the Canary Islands. David Manzur remembers how strict the school seemed to him, and how difficult it was to be so far away from his family (they were 17 days away). But it wasn’t all bad, because that’s where he had his first approach to painting.

In the school dining room there were several paintings by great Spanish painters: in the dining room there were two paintings by Zurbarán and one by Velásquez. There, observing and unknowingly, this approach would awaken in him an interest in art.

By the end of 1946, he and his family returned to Colombia and settled in the municipality of Armenia. Later, in 1951, he would go to Bogotá, to the Escuela de Bellas Artes, but it would not take him long to abandon his studies there and so he became one of the first students of the Escuela de Arte Dramático. Thanks to this he had the opportunity to meet poets and artists who encouraged him to continue living persistently with love for art. Not long after, in 1953, he held his first solo exhibition at the National Museum.

In 1956 he obtained a scholarship from Canadian industrialist Hugh Slight, to study in New York, a place, like all those he visited, from which he took a part to capture in his paintings.

Today, at 92 years of age, he is one of the most important and beloved painters in the country. The poetry and theatricality of his works is difficult to find in other authors. In 2019 he was decorated by former President Iván Duque with the Order of Boyacá.

Exhibitions of David Manzur

Art Miami 2023


David Manzur

Time, space and memory


Publications of David Manzur

David Manzur

Space, time and memory

David Manzur

Starting Point

Articles by David Manzur
Multimedia by David Manzur
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