MEXICO CITY – The Mexican writer, draftsman and painter Fernando del Paso has been named the winner of the 2013 Alfonso Reyes International Prize, the National Institute of Fine Arts said in a communique.
Del Paso will receive the prize in the first months of 2014 at Government Palace in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, though the date has not yet been established, the institute said Friday.
The Alfonso Reyes International Prize, awarded by several cultural institutions and universities of Nuevo Leon, honors those with monumental lifetime careers in the field of the humanities and writing, and who disseminate Mexican culture through their works.
The 78-year-old Del Paso, a native of Mexico City, has practiced all literary genres, but three of his novels have made him one of Mexico’s most important living writers: “Jose Trigo,” “Palinuro de Mexico” and “Noticias desde el Imperio.”
The writer was the cultural attache and consul at the Mexican Embassy in Paris, and grant holder of the Mexican Writers Center and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Del Paso’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Hospicio Cabañas of Mexico, as well as abroad in such countries as Spain, France, Britain and the United States.
Considered one of the great stylists and innovators in the Spanish language, he published his first book in 1958, the poetry anthology “Sonetos de lo Diario,” followed by novels with a deeply historical focus.
Del Paso has written novels, plays, short stories, poetry and essays, and has contributed to some of most important magazines and supplements in Mexico’s cultural history.
The Alfonso Reyes Prize was awarded for the first time in 1973 to Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Later it was granted to such literary figures as Mexico’s Octavio Paz, the Argentine Adolfo Bioy Casares, U.S. literary critic Harold Bloom, and Peruvian Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.