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Leo Matiz (1917 – October 24, 1998) was a Colombian photographer, caricaturist, newspaper publisher, painter and gallery owner. He was born in 1917 in Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia. His hometown is also the birthplace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He travelled widely and sold caricatures and illustrations to earn a living. In 1951, Matiz's gallery hosted the first exhibition of Colombian artist Fernando Botero with a showing of his paintings at the Bogota gallery.
Matiz was known for his sense of style including a thick slightly long hair, colored jackets, and gangster style mustache. He had a robust laugh and carried his caricatures and drawings in a folder. He was at the center of the bohemian intellectualism of Bogota, Caracas, Mexico City and other Latin American capital centers. He photographed Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Esther Williams, Janice Logan, David Alfaro Siqueiros, the first castings of María Félix, Luis Buñuel, Marc Chagall, Louis Armstrong, Álvaro Mutis, Pablo Neruda, Walt Disney, Enrique Santos Montejo “Calibán”, Lucho Bermúdez, Agustin Lara, Gabriel Figueroa, Esther Fernandez, Jose Clemente Orozco, Mario Moreno Cantinflas, and Dolores del Rio.
He was influenced by Mexican cinema, geography, architecture, history, muralism, and history as well as the artists Gustave Dore, George Grozt, Nadar and Guadalupe Posada. He was a photographer for Asi, Life, Reader's Digest, Harper Magazine, Look and Norte. He had a high profile and intense dispute with David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Matiz died in Bogota on October 24, 1998. The Foundation Leo Matiz was established to preserve his legacy.
- Leo Matiz biography Leo Matiz foundation
- Leo Matiz biography by Miguel Angel, a Colombian journalist and author of La metafora del ojo, a biography of Leo Matiz ROGALLERY.COM
- Bogota pays homage to the life and photography of Leo Matiz (1917-1998) Apr 24, 2013 Columbia Reports
- La metafora del ojo (The metaphor of the eye), a biography of Leo Matiz by journalist Miguel Angel