Manuel Ramos Andrade. Founder Casa Lis

Madre e Hijo
Mother(Pure) and son

Manuel Ramos Andrade was born 24 July 1944 in Navasfrías, small town in the province of Salamanca of seven hundred and ninety inhabitants located on the borders of Cáceres and Portugal. Very poor family, "We were the poorest of the people", spent his childhood in the village until the 14 he emigrated with his mother to the Basque Country. In 1964 They move to a small town in the Lyon area where they work in the textile industry, Obtain a vocational qualification and learn French perfectly in just one year. The next year, now only, migrates back to Australia and Sydney -Melburne- and starts its business. With his first 3.000 dollars buys a small junk store and opens his first antique store. In just four years he managed to open a small chain of stores. Faced with her mother's illness, she decides to sell everything and return to France to take care of her..

In 1972 the decision to settle in Spain and comes to Barcelona where he buys a shop on the street Fernando. From this moment Ramos Andrade becomes a tireless traveler. Runs along most of the European countries buying and selling and especially getting information about the movements in the future will boom. The experience that has given him his work in Australia and other European countries make him see that the antiques business has not been renewed in Spain. Thus, the 23 de septiembre de 1983 through a company Libonia S.L.. acquires the first floor, some 1.000 square meter, the building located at number 155-157 Paseo de Gracia, Antiques and creates the Boulevard of Barcelona, seventy-three stores. this center, the first in Spain that incorporates the concept diaphanous and luxurious antique shops, following the Louvre des Antiquaires style Paris, He created a precedent that was later imitated in other Spanish cities.

In 1990 Ramos Andrade decides to donate his important collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco to the community of Salamanca. For it constitutes the foundation that bears his name. The Board is formed, among others, by the Rector of the University and the Mayor of Navasfrías. Salamanca City Council grants the use of a beautiful modernist palace to the Foundation and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Museum Salamanca is created with funding from the Foundation.

Revenue generated by the exploitation of this museum is devoted to scholarships, aid to the elderly and to maintain Museum. As Ramos Andrade said: "My idea is to help my people not to disappear; to the kids, because they are the future, and the old, which they are like an open book of wisdom ".

Ramos Andrade highlighted in the professional field as an innovative entrepreneur who entered the Spanish market mechanisms antiques modernity that already existed in Europe. With the creation of the Center of Antiquaries advocates specialization and rigor in the selection of the pieces. The tireless work of all these years has earned him the respect of fellow guild, who they have not hesitated to use it for expertizar fairs and act as arbiter in some disputes.

He died one 23 July 1998.


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