Rafael Rodríguez Padilla

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Rafael Rodríguez Padilla (born January 23, 1890 - January 24, 1929 ) was a Guatemalan painter, graphic artist and sculptor . In 1920 he was a co-founder and first director of the Guatemalan Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes , from which the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas "Rafael Rodríguez Padilla", named after him today, emerged .


Rodríguez learned sculpture in Guatemala under the Venezuelan Santiago González (1850–1909) and then went to Spain, where he trained with Luis Muriel y López . Shortly after his return he painted his famous self-portrait. Rodríguez died of suicide in 1929 .

His well-known works include monuments to Lorenzo Montúfar y Rivera in Avenida La Reforma (1923), Francisco Vela , José Milla y Vidaurre , Louis Pasteur , in collaboration with Cristóbal Azori the mausoleum of the Castillo family in the main cemetery of Guatemala City Nudes and portraits of Picasso's confidante Jaime Sabartés (1923), Santiago González and a self-portrait (1915).


  • 1920 National Prize
  • September 15, 1921: First prize for painting at the Central American Exhibition, Guatemala

Individual evidence

  1. Rafael Rodríguez Padilla (Spanish), Literatura Guatemalteca.
  2. Rafael Rodríguez Padilla 1890–1929 (Spanish).