Carlos Baca-Flor Soberon was a Peruvian painter known for his portraits.
Baca-Flor was born in the port of Islay, Arequipa, in the south of Peru. Before his first birthday, his family moved to Santiago, Chile. In Santiago, Baca-Flor did his first studies, showing a talent for art which was encouraged by his parents. When Baca-Flor was 13 years old, his father died; he was placed under the care of his cultured and generous mother Julia. Every Friday, she invited 12 poor children to their house and personally looked after them. Their life was hard, and they spent days without eating for lack of money. To earn a living, his mother taught piano to children in wealthy Santiago.
In Chile, Baca-Flor was extremely close to his friends and teachers. When he was in the Academia de Artes de Santiago he was just a teenager, impetuous and full of ideas. Students in years above him called him "the critical" (el critico) because he found the defects in their work. Always excelling, he won the gold medal in painting, sculpture, and drawing every year.
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