MANOLO MILLARES (1926-1972) Attrib., Title: Untitled, Medium: Gouache on paper, Date: Circa 1960, Size: 11 ½ x 9 in. COA. Was a Spanish abstract painter and member of the avant-garde group El Paso. Born in the Canary Islands, Millares was a self-taught artist. While his earliest works show an influence of Surrealism, Millares became interested in abstract painting upon his first visit to mainland Spain in 1953. He moved permanently to Madrid in 1955 and began to produce his signature material paintings, black and white painted canvases layered with twisted, bunched, and cut burlap. In 1957, Millares formed El Paso with Antonio Saura (Spanish, 1930–1998) and Pablo Serrano (Spanish, 1910–1985), with the goal to promote art under the dictatorial rule of Franco.