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Cuervo, Manuel Lamar (1929-) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Cuervo, Manuel Lamar (1929-)
Variant Name: Lillo

Historical Note:

Manuel Lamar Cuervo (b. 1929) was born in Bogotá, Colombia to a Cuban diplomatic family. His stay in Colombia was brief as he left at six years of age for Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1951 he moved from Montevideo, Uruguay to Havana, Cuba, where he would live for many years and where he would create his well-known comic strip and animated cartoon Matojo on February 17, 1964.

Before he dedicated his life to the arts, Cuervo studied diplomatic law and journalism at the University of Havana. He was offered a position as consul in Puerto Cortés, Honduras but the post never materialized. After spending some time working in bureaucratic positions, he became a filmmaker and a caricaturist. Cuervo was working for the magazine Mella writing sports related humor when he was asked to do a comic strip, which then became Matojo. Cuervo moved to Miami in 1992 where he has continued his artistic career.

Note Author: Rahid Chadid

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