Efraín Recinos

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Efraín Enrique Recinos Valenzuela (May 15, 1928 – October 2, 2011) was a Guatemalan contemporary architect, muralist, urbanist, painter and sculptor.

Recinos' works adorn the facades and interiors of many of Guatemala's landmark buildings, including the National Library of Guatemala. However, he is best known as the architect of the Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias, which serves as the county's national theater and largest cultural complex, opened in 1978.[1][2] Recinos designed the large, white structure set on a hill to resemble a jaguar, using insipiration from more traditional Mayan motifs.[1] The government considers the theater as a National Heritage site.[1]

Additionally, Recinos also painted the murals located in the Guatemalan National Music Conservatory.[2] Other examples of his work can be found inside La Aurora International Airport and the National Mortgage building.[2] The government of Guatemala awarded him the Order of the Quetzal, one of the country's highest honors for his artistic contributions during his career.[2][3]

Recinos was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, in 1928.[2] He died at the Hospital Hermano Pedro in Guatemala City on October 2, 2011, at the age of 83.[2][3] He had been treated for an ulcer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Architect of Guatemala's National Theater dies". Associated Press (Taiwan News). 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Guatemala Cries Efrain Recinos". Radio Angulo. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ a b "Guatemala: muere el maestro Efraín Recinos". Associated Press (Univision). 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29.