Writers Famous Authors from Colombia

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List of the most popular authors from Colombia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Colombian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Colombian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include Jorge García Usta, Belisario Betancur and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Colombia?" and "Who are the best Colombian authors?"

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Rafael Pardo Rueda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Rafael Pardo Rueda La historia de las guerras, El fin del paramilitarismo: Es posible su desmonte Rafael Pardo Rueda is the 1st and current Minister of Labour of Colombia serving in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. A Liberal party politician and economist, ...more

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Samael Aun Weor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Samael Aun Weor La gran rebelión, The Perfect Matrimony, Astrotheurgy Samael Aun Weor, born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez, was an author, lecturer and founder of the Universal Christian Gnostic Movement. His teaching of 'The Doctrine of ...more

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John Leguizamo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
John Leguizamo Mambo Mouth, The Works of John Leguizamo, Pimps^! Hos^! Playa Hatas^! and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends John Alberto Leguizamo is a Colombian-American actor, voice actor, producer, comedian, playwright and screenwriter. As of 2009, Leguizamo has appeared in over 75 films, produced over 10 films, ...more

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Gabriel García Márquez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Gabriel García Márquez One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Fragrance of Guava Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. ...more

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Álvaro Mutis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Álvaro Mutis Un bel morir, LA Mansion De Araucaima, Maqroll: Three Novellas Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo was a Colombian poet, novelist, and essayist and author of the compendium The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. He was awarded the 2002 Neustadt ...more

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Fernando Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Fernando Vallejo El desbarrancadero, Los Caminos a Roma, Los días azules Fernando Vallejo Rendón is a novelist, filmmaker and essayist, born in Colombia. He obtained Mexican nationality in 2007. Vallejo was born and raised in Medellín, though he left ...more

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Simón Bolívar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Simón Bolívar Selected writings, The liberator Simón Bolívar, Escritos Y Proclamas Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco, commonly known as Simón Bolívar, was a Venezuelan statesman and military ...more

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Fernando Botero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Fernando Botero La corrida, Fernando Botero, Botero Esculturas Fernando Botero Angulo is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellín, Colombia. His signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, ...more

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Doris Salcedo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Doris Salcedo Doris Salcedo Doris Salcedo is a Colombian-born sculptor. Salcedo completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Universidad de Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1980, before traveling to New York, where she ...more

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Íngrid Betancourt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Íngrid Betancourt Sí sabía, LA Rabia En El Corazon, Die Wut in meinem Herzen Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio is a Colombian politician, former senator and anti-corruption activist. Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on 23 February 2002 and ...more

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Jaime Manrique is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Jaime Manrique Latin Moon in Manhattan, The autobiography of Bill Sullivan, Twilight at the Equator Jaime Manrique Colombian American author, poet, and journalist.

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Jorge Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Jorge Isaacs Poesías, María^! novela americana, Estudio sobre las tribus indígenas del Magdalena Jorge Isaacs Ferrer was a Colombian writer, politician and soldier. His only novel, María, became one of the most notable works of the Romantic movement in Spanish-language literature.

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Carlos Lleras Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Carlos Lleras Restrepo In support of democracy in Latin America Carlos Alberto Lleras Restrepo was the 22nd President of Colombia from 1966 to 1970.

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Alberto Lleras Camargo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Alberto Lleras Camargo The inter-American way of life Alberto Lleras Camargo was the 20th President of Colombia, and the 1st Secretary General of the Organization of American States. A journalist and liberal party politician, he also served as ...more

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Enrique Grau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Enrique Grau Enrique Grau Enrique Grau was a Colombian artist, renowned for his depictions of Amerindian and Afro Colombian figures. He was a member of the triumvirate of key Colombian artists of the 20th century which ...more

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Andrés González is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Andrés González Governance for the 21st century Andrés Felipe González Ramírez is a Colombian footballer. He currently plays for Junior de Barranquilla, as a central defender. He is known for being a solid defender with

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José Manuel Marroquín is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
José Manuel Marroquín Jose Manuel Cayetano Marroquín Ricaurte was a Colombian political figure and the 27th President of Colombia.

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Germán Arciniegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Germán Arciniegas The Knight of El Dorado, The state of Latin America, Amerigo and the New World Germán Arciniegas Angueyra was a Colombian historian, author and journalist who was known for his advocacy of educational and cultural issues, as well as his outspoken opposition to ...more

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Ivar Da Coll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Ivar Da Coll Quien Ha Visto?, No, No Fui Yo!/ No Ivar Da Coll is a writer and illustrator.

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Belisario Betancur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Belisario Betancur 160 años en las relaciones colombo-británicas Belisario Betancur Cuartas is a former Colombian politician and the 26th President of Colombia from 1982 to 1986. He is the member of the Colombian Conservative Party.

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Max Vergara Poeti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia

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Tomás Carrasquilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Tomás Carrasquilla El ánima sola, Frutos de Mi Tierra, La Marqueza de Yolombó Tomás Carrasquilla Naranjo was a Colombian writer who lived in the Antioquia region. He dedicated himself to very simple jobs: tailor, secretary of a judge, storekeeper in a mine, and ...more

The Best Tennis Players from Colombia

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Hernando Calvo Ospina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Hernando Calvo Ospina Salsa. Esa Irreverente Alegria, Perú^! los senderos posibles, El terrorismo de estado en Colombia Hernando Calvo Ospina is a Colombian journalist and writer. He lives in France.

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Álvaro Cepeda Samudio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Álvaro Cepeda Samudio La casa grande Álvaro Cepeda Samudio was a Colombian journalist, novelist, short story writer, and filmmaker. Within Colombia and the rest of Latin America, he is known in his own right as an important ...more

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José Eustasio Rivera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
José Eustasio Rivera The Vortex, Promised land José Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.

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Orlando Fals Borda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Orlando Fals Borda Knowledge and social movements, Peasant society in the Colombian Andes Orlando Fals Borda was a Colombian researcher and sociologist, one of the most important Latin American thinkers, and one of the founders of participatory action research. Together with Father ...more

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Andrés Caicedo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Andrés Caicedo ¡Que viva la música! Luis Andrés Caicedo Estela was a Colombian writer born in Cali, the city where he would spend most of his life. Despite his premature death, his work is considered one of the most ...more

The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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Camilo Torres Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Camilo Torres Restrepo Camilo Torres: his life and his message, Revolutionary priest Priest Camilo Torres Restrepo was a Colombian socialist, Roman Catholic priest, a predecessor of liberation theology and a member of the National Liberation Army guerrilla organisation. During ...more

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Manuel Mejía Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Manuel Mejía Vallejo El día señalado Manuel Mejía Vallejo, was a Colombian writer and journalist. The specialist Luís Carlos Molina says that Mejía represents the Andean aspect of the contemporary Colombian ...more

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Manuel de Jesús Andrade Suárez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Manuel de Jesús Andrade Suárez Manuel de Jesús Andrade Suárez was a Colombian writer, journalist and politician.

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Daniel Samper Pizano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Daniel Samper Pizano Daniel Samper Pizano is a Colombian lawyer, journalist, and prolific writer.

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Eduardo Caballero Calderón is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Eduardo Caballero Calderón Cain Eduardo Caballero Calderón was a Colombian journalist and writer. As journalist, he worked to the main Colombian newspapers, such as El Tiempo and El Espectador. Also he was a diplomat ...more

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Héctor Abad Faciolince is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Héctor Abad Faciolince Héctor Abad Faciolince is a Colombian novelist, essayist, journalist, and editor. Abad is considered one of the most talented "post-boom" writers in Latin American literature. ...more

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Jorge García Usta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Jorge García Usta Jorge García Usta was a Colombian novelist, poet, essayist and journalist.

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Juan B Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Juan B Gutierrez Juan Bernardo Gutiérrez is a Colombian author who resides in the United States, known primarily for his theoretical and practical contributions in the field of hypertext fiction.

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Vladdo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Vladdo Aleida Vladimir Flórez also known as Vladdo is a Colombian cartoonist and political satirist. His work is published in the Colombian weekly magazine Revista Semana and has received numerous ...more

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Fernando Denis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Fernando Denis José Luis González Sanjuan, better known by the pen name Fernando Denis, is a Colombian poet and author. He was born in Cienaga, Magdalena, Colombia, in 1968.

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Juan Pablo Plata Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Juan Pablo Plata Figueroa Juan Pablo Plata is a Colombian writer, journalist and researcher. He studied literature at Universidad de los Andes, but did graduate from Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá. He was ...more

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Germán Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Germán Espinosa Germán Espinosa Villareal was a Colombian novelist, poet and author born and based in Cartagena, Colombia. He wrote over forty works over the course of his career. He often used his ...more

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Héctor Rojas Herazo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Héctor Rojas Herazo Héctor Rojas Herazo was a Colombian novelist, poet, journalist and painter. Rojas was born in Tolú as son of Juan Emiro Rojas and Blance Berta Herazo. He was baptized on October 6, ...more

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María Josefa Acevedo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
María Josefa Acevedo Sánchez Josefa Acevedo de Gomez was the first civilian woman writer in Colombia. She was born in Bogotá and died in Pasca, Cundinamarca. She was grandmother of Colombian politician and poet

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Piedad Bonnett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Piedad Bonnett Piedad Bonnett Vélez is a Colombian poet, playwright and novelist. She obtained a degree in Philosophy and Literature from the Universidad de los Andes University of Los Andes where she ...more

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Zacarías Reyán is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Zacarías Reyán Zacarías Reyán, is the pseudonym of Reinaldo Antonio Plazas Peralta, also known as Z. Reyán, a Colombian writer, author of novels, poems and epics in Spanish language . He ...more

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Hugo Angel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Hugo Angel Design and Building of a Local Urban Telecommunication System

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Ruben Varona is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Ruben Varona Ruben Varona is a Colombian author, poet, editor, and literary critic specialized in thrillers and detective narrative. He was named representative for Latin America for the International ...more

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Alfredo Iriarte is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Alfredo Iriarte Alfredo Iriarte was a Colombian historian and writer, author of many short historical and fiction novels and essays. Among his books can be mentioned "Lo que lengua mortal decir no ...more

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Orlando Mejía Rivera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Orlando Mejía Rivera Orlando Mejía Rivera is a Colombian internist and graduated M.Phil., writer and thanatologist. He was born in Bogotá. Currently he lives in Manizales and is titular professor at ...more

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Efraim Medina Reyes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Colombia
Efraim Medina Reyes Efraim Medina Reyes is a Colombian writer born June 29, 1967 in Cartagena, Colombia. He is also the bassist and composer of the 7 Torpes rock band, he currently lives between Colombia and ...more