Enrique Garcia was born in 1868 in Madrid Spain where he learned the art of guitar building from his father Juan. Later on he'd become a the foresman at the great Manuel Ramirez shop. In 1893, he entered one of his instruments in the Chicago World's Fair and won first prize. In 1895, he moved to Barcelona and started his own shop. There, he trained his only apprentice, Francisco Simplicio, who would become a great guitar builder in his own right.