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Art Exhibition Dedicated to Martí in Guatemala Inaugurated by Cubas Ambassador
The exhibit was inaugurated by Cubas Ambassador in Guatemala City Omar Morales and Fernando Minera, General Secretary of the Union of Art Workers.

"José Martis life was as brief as intense. His brilliant ideas are fully valid today and his written work is vast and profound," said the Cuban diplomat.

Morales recalled that the Latin American independence hero arrived to the land of the quetzal through the port of Livingston 131 years ago and stayed there 15 months, leaving a deep, good impression in the Latin American nation.

While in Guatemala, Martí worked as a teacher and professor of French, English, Italian and German literature. He also wrote his play "Patria y Libertad" (Homeland and Liberty), based on the precarious situation of the indigenous population. Here Martí used for the first time ever the term 'Our America.

The general secretary of the Union of Art Workers thanked all the institutions that made the exhibition dedicated to the Cuban national hero possible and issued a call to study Martís legacy.

The exhibition includes pieces by 33 painters, who used different techniques, from acrylic and oil paintings, carving, watercolor and drawing.

"Martís brilliant artistic and political career constitutes my source of inspiration," young artist Michel Mazariegos told Prensa Latina news agency.

Painter Manuel Villagrán Cabrera, for his part, highlighted that Martí was a patriot, a teacher and also a great poet and stressed that Martí is best known in Guatemala for his poem "La niña de Guatemala" (The Girl from Guatemala).

Also on hand at the opening of the 3rd art exhibition in Guatemala dedicated to the Cuban Apostle were political leaders, representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Guatemala City, Cubans living abroad and friends of the Cuban Revolution.


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