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Costa Rica isn’t particularly renowned for its art and has throughout history remained a viewer more than a creator. However as appreciators of the arts, Costa Rican government organizations usually put great care into the preservation of historical monuments and the creation of museums and galleries. Recent years have seen the creation of more festivals and artistic initiatives including the International Arts Festival.
Among the most famous Costa Rican artists are; Teodorico Quiros, who brought a modern sensibility to traditional landscape paintings during the 1920s, Roberto Brenes Mesen, who became famous for his poems and essays during the 1930s, José Joaquín Gutierrez who captured the “tico” idiosyncrasies in his popular “Cocorí” books, Isidro Con Wong, who introduced magic realism to painting in the country and sculptors like Ibo Bonilla.