Manuel Sáenz Vázquez

Category: Painter
Birth Date: 25th october 1937
Birth Place: Santo Estevo da Mota (Lugo)


He studied at the national School of Graphic Arts in Madrid, at the Fine Arts Circle and at St Fernando Academy of Fine Arts.

In addition to his artistic work, he has been working graphic art and illustration with his wife in the advertising studio she directs.

As he could not go on with etching in his work, from 1960 to 1969 he developed a technique to prepare his own colours and some vegetable colours as saffron. He was so anxious to go on with what he had lost that some years later he managed to change the cold pen-style technique to what his work is today. The paper he uses and the elaboration are manual and with different grammes thick and structure. Almost all motifs have reminiscences of etching, different colours and shades, which gives the whole work a new dimension of values and a bigger artistic quality to what is simply known as pen-style drawing.

 Work & Activities

Relevant exhibitions:

1970: Galerie Wohlwend, Vaduz (Liechtenstein).

1972: Galerie F. Grohmann, München (Germany).

1979: International Art Exhibition 79, Basel.

1979: International Art Center (New York).

Some of his works can be found in galleries and private collections in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Japan, and USA.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He got the following prizes at the National School of Graphic Arts:

1956-57: Lithograph (first prize).

1957-58: Lithograph (first prize).

1958-59: Etching (first prize).

1958-59: Lithograph (accesit).

1959-60: Lithograph (second prize).

The technical commission of Lugo Museum accepted unanimously the admission of six works. On 4th October 2007, he presented these works to Lugo’s Museum.