BIOGRAPHY
HENRY LAVERDE PINEDA “HENRY” (1940 - 1992)

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1940
Born on September 21st in Bucaramanga, Colombia. His father, Mario Laverde Acero, was a photographer. His mother was Zoraida Pineda. .
1956
Started his studies at the Santander Art School. Bucaramanga, Colombia.
1957
Attended the School of Arts at the Universidad de Barranquilla, Department of Atlantico, Colombia.
1958
Began his Art studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University) Bogota, Colombia.
1959
Started his career as a Cartoonist working for newspapers such as LA GACETA, LA CALLE and AVANCE, (Cuban Magazine issued in Miami). His pseudonym was HENRY.
1960
His cartoons were published by the Colombian newspapers EL SIGLO, LA REPUBLICA, and SEMANA magazine.
He began his work as cartoonist at the newspaper EL TIEMPO.
1962
His cartoons were displayed at the BOGOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE TEQUENDAMA HOTEL (Bogota), and at the BUCARAMANGA COMMERCE CLUB, city of Bucaramanga, Colombia.

1965
He joined EL COLOMBIANO newspaper as a cartoonist. Medellin, Colombia.
His cartoon works were displayed at the CENTRO COLOMBO AMERICANO. Medellin, Colombia.

1966
Was awarded the FIRST PRIZE at the THIRD INTERNATIONAL CARTOON EXHIBITION, Montreal, Canada.
1967
Founded the CARTOON SCHOOL in Medellin, Colombia.
1976
Founded the HENRY ART SCHOOL in Bogota, Colombia.
1982
Displayed his art work, mainly in ink, oil and watercolor in Bogota, Colombia.
1987
His cartoons were published in the daily issue of the newspaper EL COLOMBIANO. Medellin, Colombia.
1988
His cartoons were published in the daily issue of the newspaper EL TIEMPO. Bogota, Colombia.
1992
Died in October 30th.
 

AWARDS
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1958
Third Place in the Francisco A. Cano Contest of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Art School). Members of the Jury: Martha Traba (well-known art critic), the artist Fernando Botero and the School Director Jorge Elias Triana.

1962

He was special guest of the government of The United States of America. He spent 47 days in the country. John F. Kennedy was the President of The United States at the time.

1963
He was welcomed as special government guest in the countries of Germany, England and Spain.

1965
His permanent wood cartoon exhibition was opened in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

1966
He was awarded the First Prize at the THIRD INTERNATIONAL CARTOON EXHIBITION , in Montreal, Canada. Category: Portrait. Cartoon Title: "Red Sky" inspired by Fidel Castro's dictatorship.

His cartoons were published by the following newspapers: EL ESPECTADOR (Colombia), THE NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE BOSTON TRAVELER, THE LAREDO DAILY TIMES, EL MUNDO (Venezuela), EL MERCURIO (Ecuador), EL COMERCIO (Chile), BOHEMIA LIBRE (Puerto Rico).

2000
Henry is considered one of the best cartoonists of the 20th Century in Colombia according to the "Encyclopedia Colombia-20th Century", published by the Colombian national newspaper "EL TIEMPO".

2009-2010
Some of his cartoons were included in the exhibition La caricature in Colombia since the independence. Curator: Beatriz González Aranda. Luis Angel Arango Library, Republican House. December 2nd 2009 - June 15th, 2010. Bogotá, Colombia.

http://www.banrepcultural.org/blaavirtual/exhibiciones/la-caricatura-en-colombia/texto19.html

 



COMMENTS ON HIS WORK

" Henry is not an improviser on wood or metal. His skillful hands caress the skin of the soul, and tattoo internal beauty spots. He carves the irony and the painful grin in the lips, and outlines, polishes and gives life to the cold metal. He does not create mass, he rather pours his creativeness in a way that is almost astonishing and which also conveys an amazing self - confidence."

Carmen de Gomez Mejia- Vanguardia
Liberal. *

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"If Art is in itself a synthesis and a full and precise expression of formal reality, as well as of psychological truth, Henry does widely convey these two qualities in a wonderful balance."

David Martinez Collazos- Vanguardia Liberal *
*Vanguardia Liberal is a newspaper published in the city Bucaramanga, Colombia.




AWARDS
 
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