Pablo Manrique was born in Bogotá, Colombia on September 28, 1984. His father was a lawyer, his mother an architect. Pablo grew up amongst his mother’s drawings and his grandmother’s paintings – both would inspire him to cultivate his talents.
Born into a family with a passion for horses, Pablo began to practice equestrianism and to participate in competitions at a young age. Always in close contact with horses by day and at times by night, when he would camp in the pasture where they grazed, he formed a special bond with these animals, who brought great peace and serenity into his life.
Thus, the theme of horses recurs in his paintings, and even more in his personal life: after graduating, Pablo moved to California to dedicate himself to equestrianism. With the passing of time, he arrived at a crucial junction, when faced with the career decision: ride horses or paint them. So it was that he let go of the reins and took up the brush.
He went to study at the Guerrero Academy of Art in Bogotá, and soon afterwards in the School of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba. Upon completing his studies and returning to Colombia, he settled into his atelier in Bogotá and prepared for his first exhibition in Cartagena together with other artists from the Caribbean coast (Dec, 2010).
It was at this time that he met Armando Villegas, his future mentor and, in Pablo’s words, “psychiatrist of art.” At the conclusion of his encounters with mestre Villegas, he decided to move to a mountain outside of Bogotá and to concentrate on his painting while immersed in nature. “The only way to listen to the world within is to silence the world without.”
At the end of this period, through his friend Ekke Bingemer, Pablo received an invitation to work with the painter of sacred art Mario Mendonça in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pablo moved to Brazil, but, before joining Mario Mendonça, he was invited to realize a mural painting in the Franciscan monastery of Frei Galvão in Guaratinguetá, São Paulo, upon completion of which he arrived in Rio de Janeiro, where he continued painting and learning with mestre Mendonça. Together, they often travelled to Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, where they stayed in the Mario Mendonça Art Institute. Enchanted with this historic city’s charm, Pablo decided to establish his atelier in Tiradentes, where he continued to pursue his art from 2014 to 2017.
2010 - group show in MoMA Cartagena:
2013 - mural at Frei Galvão Seminary (Guaratinguetá, Brazil);
2015 - 13 Salón Nacional de Artistas, gallery "Casa Cuadrada" (Bogotá , Colombia);
2015 - solo exhibition "GALOPA!", museum "Enrique Grau" (Bogotá , Colombia);
2015 - group show "Our Lady in Art", National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida (Aparecida do Norte, Brazil);
2015 - solo "Ouro e Alma", Cultural Centre - Yves Alves (Tiradentes, Brazil);
2016 - solo exhibition "Imanência", Embassy of Colombia (Brasília,Brazil);
2016 - group show with Mario Mendonça and Gilberto Martins, atelier and gallery Manrique (Tiradentes,Brazil);
2016 - group show, gallery Merlino Bottega d'Arte (Florence, Italy)
2016 - group show. Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France);
2016 - group show during DuoJazz Festival, Sant'Ana Museum (Tiradentes, Brazil);
2017 - solo exhibition "Imanência", Eros Miguel Conceição Gallery (Tiradentes, Brazil);
2017 - group show "Our Lady Aparecida - 300 years", National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida (Aparecida do Norte, Brazil);
2018 - solo exhibition "Colors of Silence", Cervantes Institute (Brasília,Brazil);
Pablo’s artworks have already been spread throughout the world in such countries as Russia, the United States of America, Cuba, Brazil (Mário Mendonça Art Institute, Cervantes Institute, Embassy of Uruguay) and his native Colombia (Palácio de Justicia and more).