Juan Leon Mera

#165873
Most Popular
Boost
Birthday
28, 1832
Birthplace
Ecuador
Death Date
Dec 13, 1894 (62)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
28, 1832
Birthplace
Ecuador
Death Date
Dec 13, 1894 (62)

About

Author and painter who is best known for his 1879 novel, Cumanda, and for his lyrics to the Ecuadorian National Hymn, "Salve, Oh Patria." His other literary works include La virgen del sol and Lira ecuatoriana.

Before Fame

He was educated at home by a great uncle. At the age of twenty, Mera traveled to Quito to study art.

Trivia

A political figure as well as an artist and writer, he served as Governor of Cotopaxi and as Secretary of the Council of State.

Family Life

He was born to Pedro Antonio Mera Gomez and Josefa Martinez Vasconez. He died at the age of sixty-two in Ambato, Ecuador.

Associated With

He and Alfredo Pareja were fellow Ecuadorian authors.