Emilia Prieto Tugores

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Emilia Prieto at her home in Heredia, 1985, Photo Judy Blankenship

Emilia Prieto Tugores (11 January 1902 – 1986) was a graphic artist, educator, singer, composer, and scholar of folklore from the Central Valley of Costa Rica, one of the few women to enter the field of artistic satire in the first half of the 20th century. Her work was recognized with a Joaquín Monge Prize for cultural periodism in the 1984. Studying her native folklore, Prieto's collection of songs "influenced [a] generation of troubadours". [1] The Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial Emilia Prieto Tugores was named for her, and awarded for the first time, in 2015. [2]

Graphic designer person who assembles images, typography or motion graphics to create a piece of design

A graphic designer is a professional within the graphic design and graphic arts industry who assembles together images, typography, or motion graphics to create a piece of design. A graphic designer creates the graphics primarily for published, printed or electronic media, such as brochures (sometimes) and advertising. They are also sometimes responsible for typesetting, illustration, user interfaces, and web design. A core responsibility of the designer's job is to present information in a way that is both accessible and memorable.

Costa Rican Central Valley plateau and a geographic region of central Costa Rica

The Central Valley is a plateau and a geographic region of central Costa Rica. The land in the valley is a relative plain, despite being surrounded by several mountains and volcanos, the latter part of the Central Range. The region houses almost three quarters of Costa Ricans, and includes the capital and most populous city, San José. The valley is shared among the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia, San José and Cartago. The region occupies an area of 11,366 km², more than a fifth of the country, and is drained by the Tárcoles River on the west side and by the Reventazón River on the east side.


Born in San José, Costa Rica, on 11 January 1902, Prieto spent her childhood on the Guarari farm in the hills of Las Hiras, Heredia. She completed her high school education at El Colegio Superior de Señoritas, where she qualified as a schoolteacher in 1921. Prieto became an art teacher in various Costa Rican schools including Ramiro Aguilar School where she was principal. Prieto also taught at the Universidad Obrera or National Workers University. In 1922 she took painting classes at the Costa Rican School of Fine Arts (Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes). [3]

San José, Costa Rica City and municipality in San José, Costa Rica

San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the centre of the country, specifically in the mid-west of the Central Valley, and contained within San José Canton. San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of Costa Rica. The population of San José Canton was 288,054 in 2011, and San José’s municipal land area measures 44.2 square kilometers, with an estimated 333,980 residents in 2015. Together with several other cantons of the central valley including Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago it forms the Greater Metropolitan Area of the country, with an estimated population of over 2 million in 2017. The city is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.

Heredia Province Province in Costa Rica

Heredia is a province of Costa Rica. It is in the north-central part of the country. As a result, the province covers areas as diverse as the agriculture-rich Northern plains to the more metropolitan areas such as the city of Heredia in the Central Valley. It contains several major environmentally important areas such as the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Sarapiqui River. The capital is the city of Heredia.

Prieto's art is characterized by a spirit of irreverence, as she poked fun at those who were critical of efforts towards social reform. She was herself an active feminist, a member of the Communist Party and the Costa Rican Women's Alliance (Alianza de Mujeres Costarricenses). From 1925 to 1945, Prieto published a number of graphically illustrated satirical essays, sometimes using a pen name. Attacking the conservative attitudes of the times, her drawing La perfecta casada (The Perfect Housewife) is a caricature of the image of a woman (Primera exposición centroamericana de artes plásticas, 1935.) [4] Many of her essays were published in periodicals such as Libertad, Nuestra Voz and Trabajo. [3]

In the 1920s, Prieto looked at the way in which Costa Rican carts and carriages were decorated with a view to encouraging interest and discussion. As a result, the first procession of carts was held on the Paseo Colón with an exhibition of decorated carts in 1935. [5] In the 1930s, she founded the Anti-Fascist League and was a supporter of women's rights. She established the School of Popular Culture and the Workers' University in 1943 and founded the National Committee of Partisans for Peace in 1949. [6] During the 1948 uprising, Prieto was persecuted for her political activism and relieved of her post as head of the Ramiro Aguilar School. [7] She served as president of the Partisans for Peace and attended several conferences in Mexico, Panama, and Sweden. As part of the women's pacifist movement after World War II Prieto worked toward promoting world peace, serving as a delegate at the Peace Conference of the Pacific Rim in Beijing for the Unión de Mujeres Costarricenses (Union of Costa Rican Women) which was led by Carmen Lyra. [3]

Anti-fascism Opposition to fascist ideologies, groups and individuals

Anti-fascism is opposition to fascist ideologies, groups and individuals. The anti-fascist movement began in a few European countries in the 1920s, and eventually spread to other countries around the world. It was at its most significant shortly before and during World War II, where the fascist Axis powers were opposed by many countries forming the Allies of World War II and dozens of resistance movements worldwide. Anti-fascism has been an element of movements holding many different political positions, including social democratic, nationalist, liberal, conservative, communist, Marxist, trade unionist, anarchist, socialist, pacifist and centrist viewpoints.

World War II 1939–1945, between Axis and Allies

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Carmen Lyra Costa Rican politician and writer

Carmen Lyra was the pseudonym of the first prominent female Costa Rican writer, born Maria Isabel Carvajal Quesada. She was a teacher and founder of the country's first Montessori school. She was a co-founder of the Communist Party of Costa Rica, as well as one of the country's first female worker's unions. She was one of the earliest writers to criticize the dominance of the fruit companies. She won many prizes.

In 1974, Prieto released an album of collected folksongs on Indica Records and in 1976, she presented a series of essays in conferences accompanied by musician Juan F. Hernández. In 1978, she published a collection of folk stories and maxims, Romanzas ticomeseteñas (Costa Rican lovesongs). In 1984, Prieto received the Joaquín García Monge National Journalism Award and in 1992 she was recognized for her work in preserving traditional folk lore with the National Award of Traditional Popular Culture. Prieto was inducted into the Gallery of Women of the Instituto Nacional de la Mujer (National Institute of Women) in 2005 for her work on behalf of women's equality. [6]

La Galería de las Mujeres de Costa Rica was founded in March 2002 to recognize the contributions of women to the cultural, political and socio-economic development of Costa Rica. The nominations are overseen and the gallery maintained by the Instituto Nacional de la Mujer (INAMU). Of particular focus is the goal of preserving and protecting the history of women who have broken gender stereotypes and advanced human rights principals.

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