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PAINTER

Born in 1954 in Dangriga, Stann Creek District, Belize, Pen Cayetano is a painter, singer, songwriter, percussionist, guitarist, the leading cultural revivalist and ambassador for the Garinagu. His favorite medium is of oil on canvas with genres of modern art and contemporary realism.

From 1990 to 2009 Pen Cayetano has lived with his family in Germany, where he had a studio and a busy schedule of international art exhibitions, workshops and performances. He has become one of Belize's foremost cultural ambassadors. His art is represented in several museums and public collections.

He and his German wife, Ingrid, returned to Dangriga in July 2009 and they opened the Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery in Dangriga. Cayetano has three children (Malí, Beni and Ibo). He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honors.

Pen Cayetano is regarded as the "King" of Punta Rock music which he created as a way to revive and preserved Garifuna music amongst the younger generations. Along the way he inspired a new generation to apply their talents to their own ancestral forms and unique concerns. 

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