Famed Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez received Mexico’s highest honor from the the National Institute of Fine Arts, presented to “outstanding figures in the world of theater, dance, arts, music or literature.”
Motivated by the 30th anniversary of Garcia Marquez receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Mexican institute announced Tuesday that they will award the author with its own highest honor, the Fine Arts Medal.
The award is given to “personalities who have had brilliant careers and significantly influenced the country’s artistic and cultural life,” Fox News reported. Marquez was born in Colombia and has been residing in Mexico since the 1970s.
The author is well known for several novels such as “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “100 Years of Solitude” as well as for his journalism, short stories, and screen plays. He is considered one of the most significant writers of the 20th century.