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Famous Writers from Colombia

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List of famous writers from Colombia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Colombia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Colombian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Colombia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List features Francisco Norden, José Manuel Marroquín and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Colombian writers?" and "Which writers are from Colombia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Colombia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Colombia, but they're all of Colombia descent.
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Gabriel García Márquez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 87 (1927-2014)
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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John Leguizamo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 55
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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Wilmer Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 39
Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama is an American actor, singer, dancer, producer and television personality, known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That '70s Show, hosting the MTV series Yo Momma, and ...more
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Rodrigo García is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 60
Rodrigo García Barcha is a Colombian television and film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer, best known for his films Mother and Child, Nine Lives, Albert Nobbs, Last Days ...more
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Álvaro Mutis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)
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 Writers from Colombia
age 77
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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Fernando Botero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 87
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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Íngrid Betancourt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 58
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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Samael Aun Weor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 60 (1917-1977)
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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Jaime Manrique is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 70
Jaime Manrique Colombian American author, poet, and journalist.
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Carlos Moreno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 51
Carlos Moreno is a film director, television director, film editor and screenwriter.
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Ivar Da Coll is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Ivar Da Coll is a writer and illustrator.
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Carlos Lleras Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 86 (1908-1994)
Carlos Alberto Lleras Restrepo was the 22nd President of Colombia from 1966 to 1970.
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Rafael Pardo Rueda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 66
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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Luis Nieto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 40
Nieto is a film director and film score composer.
16
Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza age 44
Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza is a film producer.
17
Jorge Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 58 (1837-1895)
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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Alberto Lleras Camargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)
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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Andrés Baiz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 44
Andrés Baiz is a film director.
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Belisario Betancur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 96
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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Francisco Norden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 90
Francisco Norden is a Colombian film director, screenwriter, editor and producer born in Brussels from an Austrian father and a Colombian mother. He has directed eight films between 1963 and ...more
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Vladimir Durán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Vladimir Durán is an actor.
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Ciro Guerra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Ciro Guerra age 38
Ciro Guerra is a Colombian film director and screenwriter. His film Los viajes del viento competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
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Doris Salcedo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
age 61
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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Enrique Grau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Colombia
Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)
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