The Ministry of Culture of Venezuela eleased the 2012 National Culture Award in several categories, the highest award granted by the State to professionals dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional culture in the country.
In the meeting, held in the Foundation Casa del Artista in Caracas, the lightint technician José Alirio Rojas, was honoured after 50 years of experience on movie sets.
Jose Elias Villarroel was recognized in Popular Culture sector for his "great work as maker and fighter for the customs and traditions, contributing to the recovery of popular music genres as la décima and la espinela" the jury said.
In Humanities recognized was the academic career of Carmen Bohorquez, author of Francisco de Miranda, the precursor of the independence of Latin America and the Latin American philosophical thought.
Meanwhile, the recognition for architecture went to Domingo Alvarez, announced the Minister of Culture, Pedro Calzadilla.
In the category of Fine Arts the awarded was José Antonio Dávila, who is working on a three-dimensional installation next to the station Sabana Grande, Caracas Metro, work with that socializes art.
The theater category had as its winning playwright Nestor Caballero, who wrote the monologue Longanizo, text that describes the posthumous days of Simon Bolivar.
As the "founder of the Young Choreographers Festival, a platform that has promoted several generations of young artists at the national and Latin America," the Dance Award was given to Charles Paolillo.
In the category of Literature was recognized Massiani Francisco, writer of his books Word of Sea, A gift for Julia, The Lone Ranger has a head like a tooth brush and Bare skin with water. (Palabra de mar, Un regalo para Julia, El llanero solitario tiene la cabeza como un cepillo de dientes pelado y Con agua en la piel.)
In the category of Photography it was the talent of Audio Cepeda that was recognized and in Music Simon Diaz.
"Simon is a Venezuelan icon, he is one of the most valuable and popular composers of Latin America by universal for disseminating traditional music, primarily that of the Venezuelan plains (...) as well as emboding the Venezuelan idiosyncrasies, being a loving protector of our musical heritage, "the jury stressed.
The National Prize of Culture is delivered in Venezuela since 1940, biennially.