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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.
  • Gabriel García Márquez1

    Gabriel García Márquez

    Dec. at 87 (1927-2014)

    BirthplaceAracataca, Colombia


    WorksOne Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Autumn of the Patriarch, The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother, Oedipus Mayor

    Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (American Spanish: [ɡaˈβɾjel ɣaɾˈsi.a ˈmaɾkes]...  more

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    #153 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#302 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • John Leguizamo2

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    NationalityColombia, United States of America

    WorksThe Pest, Freak, Fugly!, Mambo Mouth, Freak

    John Alberto Leguizamo (; Colombian Spanish: [leɣiˈsamo]; born July 22, 1964) is an American...  more

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    #467 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#112 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

  • Wilmer Valderrama3

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Wilmer Eduardo Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is an American actor, producer, singer and...  more

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    #95 of 115 The Best Short Actors#36 of 53 The Best Latinx Actors and Actresses Under 40

  • Rodrigo García4

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia


    WorksThings You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Nine Lives, Mother and Child, Tired of Being Funny, Last Days in the Desert

    Rodrigo García Barcha (born 24 August 1959), more commonly known as Rodrigo García, is a...  more
  • 5

    Álvaro Mutis

    Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia


    WorksSanchez Arquitectos y Asociados, La última escala del tramp steamer, Un bel morir, Maqroll: Three Novellas, The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll

    Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo (August 25, 1923 – September 22, 2013) was a Colombian poet, novelist,...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceMedellín, Colombia

    NationalityColombia, Mexico

    WorksOur Lady of the Assassins, El desbarrancadero, Our Lady of the Assassins, Entre Fantasmas \/ Between Ghosts, Logoi

    Fernando Vallejo Rendón (born 1942 in Medellín, Colombia) is a Colombian-born novelist,...  more
  • Fernando Botero7

    BirthplaceAntioquia department, Colombia


    WorksFernando Botero, Botero s'explique, La corrida, Botero a Piazza Signoria, Botero - Nuevas Obras Sobre Lienzo

    Fernando Botero Angulo (born 19 April 1932) is a Colombian figurative artist and sculptor....  more
  • Íngrid Betancourt8

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    NationalityColombia, France

    WorksLetters to my mother, Die Wut in meinem Herzen, La Rage au Coeur, Sí sabía, LA Rabia En El Corazon

    Ingrid Betancourt Pulecio (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈiŋɡɾið βetaŋˈkuɾ]; born 25 December 1961)...  more
  • Samael Aun Weor9

    Samael Aun Weor

    Dec. at 60 (1917-1977)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia


    WorksThe Perfect Matrimony, La doctrina secreta de Anahuac, Tratado de Alquimia sexual, Gazing at the Mystery, La gran rebelión

    Samael Aun Weor (Hebrew: סםאל און ואור) (March 6, 1917 – December 24, 1977), born Víctor...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia


    WorksLatin Moon in Manhattan, My Night With Federico Garcia Lorca, Our lives are the rivers, The autobiography of Bill Sullivan, Twilight at the Equator

    Jaime Manrique (born 16 June 1949) is a bilingual Colombian American novelist, poet, essayist,...  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia


    WorksAll Your Dead Ones, Dog Eat Dog

    Carlos Moreno is a film director, television director, film editor and screenwriter....  more
  • Ivar Da Coll12
    Ivar Da Coll is a writer and illustrator....  more
  • Carlos Lleras Restrepo13

    Carlos Lleras Restrepo

    Dec. at 86 (1908-1994)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Colombia, South America, Cundinamarca department, Bogotá


    WorksIn support of democracy in Latin America

    Carlos Alberto Lleras Restrepo (12 April 1908 – 27 September 1994) is a Colombian politician...  more
  • Rafael Pardo Rueda14

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia


    WorksLa 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...  more
  • 15

    Luis Nieto

    Age: 40



    WorksProf. Nieto Show, Carlitopolis

    Nieto is a film director and film score composer....  more
  • Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza16

    Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceQuibdó, Colombia



    Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza is a film producer....
  • Jorge Isaacs17

    Jorge Isaacs

    Dec. at 58 (1837-1895)

    BirthplaceQuibdó, Colombia


    WorksMaría, Poesías, Poesías completas de Jorge Isaacs, Canciones y coplas populares, María

    Jorge Isaacs Ferrer (April 1, 1837 – April 17, 1895) was a Colombian writer, politician and...  more
  • Alberto Lleras Camargo18

    Alberto Lleras Camargo

    Dec. at 84 (1906-1990)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Colombia, South America, Cundinamarca department, Bogotá


    WorksThe inter-American way of life

    Alberto Lleras Camargo (3 July 1906 – 4 January 1990) was the 20th President of Colombia...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceCali, Colombia


    WorksPassing By, Satan, The Hidden Face, Roa

    Andrés Baiz Ochoa (born 1975), also known as Andi Baiz, is a Colombian film director and...  more
  • Belisario Betancur20

    BirthplaceAmagá, Colombia


    Works160 años en las relaciones colombo-británicas

    Belisario Betancur Cuartas (4 February 1923 – 7 December 2018) was a Colombian politician who...  more
  • Francisco Norden21

    BirthplaceBrussels, Belgium


    WorksA Man of Principle, Camilo, el cura guerrillero

    Francisco Norden (born 9 November 1929) is a Colombian film director, screenwriter, editor and...  more
  • Vladimir Durán22
    Vladimir Durán is an actor....  more
  • Ciro Guerra23

    Ciro Guerra

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceRío de Oro


    WorksThe Wind Journeys, The Wandering Shadows

    Ciro Guerra (born 6 February 1981) is a Colombian film director and screenwriter. He is best...  more
  • Doris Salcedo24

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia


    WorksDoris Salcedo

    Doris Salcedo (born 1958) is a Colombian-born visual artist and sculptor. Her work is...  more
  • Enrique Grau25

    Enrique Grau

    Dec. at 84 (1920-2004)

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama


    WorksEnrique Grau

    Enrique Grau (December 18, 1920 – April 1, 2004) was a Colombian artist best known for his...  more