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Venezuela art exhibit focuses on Hugo Chavez
A woman visits the exhibition on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez titled "Chavez Vive y Vencera" (Chavez Lives and Will Overcome), in Caracas on January 17, 2013. Chavez remains gravely ill in a Havana hospital some five weeks after complications arose during his fourth round of cancer surgery. AFP PHOTO/Leo RAMIREZ.
CARACAS.- A group of Venezuelan artists has contributed paintings of President Hugo Chavez for a new government-organized exhibit dedicated to the ailing leader.

The exhibit includes portraits of Chavez with his daughters and his mother, as well as a painting of a saluting Chavez superimposed on a map of South America.

The exhibit is titled "Chavez Lives and Will Prevail." Museum director Lidoska Pirela said a group of artists decided to show their work to both honor Chavez and wish him well in his struggle with cancer.

The exhibit opened Wednesday in the Caracas Museum located in city mayor's office and will be on display for two weeks.

The 23 works are mostly paintings but also include two photographs.

One work depicts Chavez's face painted with an indigenous-style design. Another painting features a white horse and an image of a young Chavez wearing his signature red beret when, as an army paratroop commander, he led a failed coup attempt in 1992.

"It speaks to all the periods of Chavez," said Maritza Gonzalez, one of those who visited the exhibit on Thursday.

The 58-year-old president has been fighting an unspecified type of pelvic cancer and remains in Cuba more than five weeks after he underwent surgery. He hasn't spoken or appeared publicly since the operation.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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