As an outstanding artist from the School of Paris, Manuel Ángeles Ortiz was one of the most acclaimed members of the generation of painters whose work is based on Cubism and a masterly use of abstract geometric art. After training in Granada with Ismael de la Serna and Federico García Lorca, a close friend and fellow collaborator at La Barraca Theatre, he concluded his studies in Madrid as a student of Cecilio Plá and Vázquez Díaz. In 1922 he moved to Paris, where he became friendly with Pablo Picasso.
Manuel Ángeles Ortiz adopted the most lyrical form of Cubism and became an illustrator and painter for the cultural adventures of the Generation of 27. Later on he exhibited his work at the Society of Iberian Artists. At the end of the Spanish Civil War, he was confined in a French concentration camp for being a member of the Alliance of Antifascist Intellectuals and for having shown his work under republican auspices at the Spanish Pavilion of the Paris World Exhibition in 1937.
After Picasso managed to secure his release from the concentration camp, he lived for many years in Buenos Aires. At the end of the 1940s he returned to France, where he learned pottery techniques and processes with his friend Picasso in the Vallauris workshop. The Spiral plate is from this period, having been produced in 1949 at this same French studio. His interest in artistic expression through terracotta did not end there and he continued to experiment with this technique until his death in Paris in 1984. An example of his work from this period is the Bird plate, made in 1967 at the Fajalauza pottery in Granada.