Ramón Cano Manilla (1888-1974)
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Ramon Cano Manilla was born in the City of Veracruz, Mexico in 1888. From a very early age Cano Manilla did a variety of jobs in the country. Cano Manilla arrived in Mexico City in 1920 with a desire to study painting at the Academy of San Carlos. Alfredo Ramos Martinez, director of the Academy enrolled him into the Schoolof Open Air Painting in Chimalistac. A few months later Cano Manilla relocated to the Haciendo de San Pedro in Coyoacan. Manilla's teachers were the well-known painters, Leopoldo Mendez and Fermin Revueltas.
In 1926 Cano Manilla's work was exhibited at the Museum of Art in Madrid and in 1928 at the International Fair in Seville, where he won a medal for his painting India Oaxaqueña.
The same year Cano Manilla was commissioned by Alfredo Ramos Martinez to establish the school, Los Reyes in Coyoacan, where he was director from 1930 to 1934.
Cano Manilla founded other open-air schools of painting in San Andres Tuxtla, Veracruz. In 1948 Cano Manilla relocated to the city of Mante, Tamaulipas where he created a variety of paintings. Cano Manilla also worked as the director of the Instituto Regional de Bellas Artes in Mexico for a number of years and did important murals in Tamaulipas.
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