Welcome to San Juan Comalapa

Comalapa gained its reputation during the 1950s when native son Andrés Curruchich (1891–1969) rose to fame for his primitive paintings of village life, ceremonies and legends, and his works ended up on display as far away as San Francisco, Dallas and Detroit. Considered the father of Guatemalan 'primitivist' painting, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Quetzal.

Comalapa is also known as the birthplace of Rafael Álvarez Ovalle, composer of Guatemala's national anthem (there's a monument to him in the main square).

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