He was born in Madrid to a famous family of silversmiths and goldsmiths, Plata Meneses. In July 1936, they were surprised by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War while in Biarritz, where they spent summers, and so they moved to Paris. When Second World War began, their “summer vacation” went on to last for several years. Enrique Meneses studied at the Ecole Communale de la Rue Chernovitz, where he shared a desk with working class children. This experience would have a profound effect on the young Enrique.
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