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This is a list of notable Latin American people, in alphabetical order within categories.

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Artists and designers[edit]

See also List of Latin American artists.
  • Colombia Julio Abril (1911–1979), sculptor
  • Brazil Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973), painter
  • Colombia Fernando Botero (born 1932), painter and sculptor
  • Uruguay Luis Camnitzer (born 1937), conceptual artist
  • Puerto Rico José Campeche (1751–1809), painter
  • Brazil Lygia Clark (1920–1988), painter and sculptor
  • Chile Marcela Donoso (born 1961), painter
  • Peru Pancho Fierro (1810–1879), illustrator
  • Venezuela Gego (1912–1994), geometric-abstract sculptor
  • Mexico José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), illustrator and cartoonist, printmaker
  • Chile Alfredo Jaar (born 1956), installation artist
  • Mexico Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), realist and symbolist painter
  • Argentina Guillermo Kuitca (born 1961), painter
  • Cuba Wifredo Lam (1902–1982), painter
  • Chile Roberto Matta (1911–2002), painter
  • Cuba Ana Mendieta (1948–1985), performance artist
  • Argentina Lola Mora (1866–1936), sculptor
  • Brazil Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), painter and sculptor
  • Puerto Rico Francisco Oller (1833–1917), impressionist painter
  • Mexico José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949), mural painter and lithographer
  • Brazil Cândido Portinari (1903–1962), painter
  • Argentina Benito Quinquela Martín (1890–1977), painter
  • Peru Diego Quispe Tito (1611–1681), Cuzco School painter
  • Venezuela Armando Reverón (1889–1954), painter
  • Mexico Diego Rivera (1886–1957), muralist
  • Cuba USA Emilio Hector Rodriguez (born 1950), painter and photographer
  • Peru José Sabogal (1888–1956), indigenist painter
  • Mexico David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974), social realist painter and muralist
  • Venezuela Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005), kinetic and op artist
  • Mexico Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991), painter
  • Uruguay Joaquín Torres García (1874–1949), constructivist painter
  • Mexico Spain Remedios Varo (1908–1963), surrealist painter

Fashion[edit]

Film directors[edit]

Leaders and politicians[edit]

  • Venezuela Ali Lenin Aguilera (born 1967), youngest Venezuelan congressperson
  • Argentina Leandro N. Alem (1841–1896), politician
  • Costa Rica Óscar Arias Sánchez (born 1940), statesman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1987)
  • Venezuela Spain Francisco de Miranda (1750–1813), Politician, military, diplomat, writer, humanist and ideologist, Venezuelan, considered The Precursor of American Emancipation against the Spanish Empire
  • Venezuela Romulo Betancourt (1908–1981), statesman, leader President of Venezuela
  • Venezuela Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), Libertador and statesman, leader in the Spanish American wars of independence
  • Mexico Anastasio Bustamante (1780–1853), President of Mexico (1830–1832; 1837–1841)
  • Mexico Plutarco Elías Calles (1877–1945), founder of the PRI (1929); President of Mexico (1924–1928)
  • Cuba Fidel Castro (1926–2016), marxist revolutionary and Cuba's state ruler from 1959–2008
  • Mexico Alfonso García Robles (1911–1991), diplomat and politician, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1982)
  • Paraguay José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia (1766–1840), Paraguayan revolutionary, leader and supreme dictator
  • Argentina Cuba Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928–1967), marxist revolutionary
  • Mexico Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), cleric and statesman, chief instigator of Mexico's war of independence against Spain
  • Mexico Benito Juárez (1806–1872), President of Mexico (1861–1863; 1867–1872)
  • Brazil Juscelino Kubitschek (1902–1976), President of Brazil (1956–1961)
  • Colombia Alberto Lleras Camargo (1906–1990), first Organization of American States Secretary (1948) and 28th President of Colombia
  • Venezuela Leopoldo Lopez Lopez (born 1971), Mayor of Chacao, Venezuela
  • Cuba José Martí (1853–1895), writer and leader of the Cuban Independence movement
  • Guatemala Rigoberta Menchú (born 1959), activist, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1992)
  • Brazil Chico Mendes (1944–1988), murdered rural leader and martyr of ecological movements in the Amazon
  • Brazil Pedro I (1798–1834), Emperor of Brasil (1822–1831)
  • Brazil Pedro II (1825–1891), Emperor of Brasil (1831–1889)
  • Peru Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (born 1920), diplomat, United Nations Secretary-General (1982–1991)
  • Argentina Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (born 1931), activist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1980)
  • Argentina Juan Domingo Perón (1895–1974), President of Argentina (1946–1952; 1952–1955; 1973–1974)
  • Argentina Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1878–1959), academic and politician, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1936)
  • Argentina José de San Martín (1778–1850), Libertador and statesman, leader in the Spanish American wars of independence
  • Nicaragua Augusto Sandino (1985–1934), guerilla leader and revolutionary
  • Mexico Pancho Villa (1878–1923), guerrilla leader of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1917)
  • Mexico Emiliano Zapata (1879–1919), leading figure of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1917)

Musicians[edit]

  • Flag of Uruguay.svg Flag of the United States.svg Miguel del Aguila (born 1957), composer
  • Dominican Republic Michel Camilo (born 1954), pianist and composer
  • Venezuela Simon Diaz (1928–2014), composer, actor and singer
  • Brazil Gilberto Gil (born 1942), singer and composer; founder of the Tropicália movement
  • Peru Chabuca Granda (1920–1983), singer and composer
  • Puerto Rico Rafael Hernández (1892–1965), composer
  • Brazil Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927–1994), pianist, singer and composer
  • Mexico Agustín Lara (1900–1970), composer
  • Cuba Ernesto Lecuona (1896–1963), composer, pianist and conductor
  • Brazil Vinicius de Moraes (1913–1980), singer and composer
  • Argentina Ástor Piazzolla (1921–1992), tango composer
  • Puerto Rico Tito Puente (1923–2000), Latin jazz and mambo musician
  • Puerto Rico Omar Rodríguez-López (born 1975), guitarist
  • Mexico U.S.A. Carlos Santana (born 1947), composer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Argentina Lalo Schifrin (born 1932), composer and pianist
  • Peru Pedro Suarez Vertiz (born 1966), pianist, singer and composer
  • Brazil Caetano Veloso (born 1942), singer and composer; founder of the Tropicália movement
  • Argentina Lito Vitale (born 1961), composer and performer
  • Argentina Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908–1992), folk musician

Classical[edit]

  • Venezuela Jose Antonio Abreu (born 1939), pianist, conductor and composer
  • Flag of Uruguay.svg Flag of the United States.svg Miguel del Aguila (born 1957), composer
  • Chile U.S.A. Claudio Arrau (1903–1991), pianist
  • Argentina Daniel Barenboim (born 1942), pianist and conductor
  • Paraguay Agustín Barrios (1885-1944), known as "Mangoré", guitarist and composer
  • Venezuela Teresa Carreño (1853–1917), pianist, conductor and composer
  • Venezuela Reynaldo Hahn (1874–1947), music, critic, conductor and composer
  • Venezuela Eduardo Marturet (born 1953), conductor and composer
  • Mexico Eduardo Mata (1942–1995), conductor and composer
  • Brazil Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959), composer

Opera singers

Singers[edit]

  • Ecuador U.S.A. Christina Aguilera (born 1980), pop/R&B singer, songwriter and actress
  • Cuba U.S.A. Desi Arnaz (1917–1986), salsa singer
  • Panama Ruben Blades (born 1948), salsa singer
  • Brazil Roberto Carlos (born 1941), singer and songwriter
  • Brazil Cazuza (1958–1990), singer and songwriter
  • Argentina Gustavo Cerati (1959–2014), alternative rock singer-songwriter
  • Cuba U.S.A. Celia Cruz (1925–2003), salsa singer
  • Dominican Republic U.S.A. Kat DeLuna (born 1987), singer
  • Argentina Lali Espósito (born 1993), pop singer and songwriter
  • Cuba U.S.A. Gloria Estefan (born 1957), singer and songwriter
  • Puerto Rico José Feliciano (born 1945), singer-songwriter
  • Mexico Juan Gabriel (born 1950), ranchera and ballad singer-songwriter
  • Argentina Charly García (born 1951), rock musician
  • Dominican Republic Juan Luis Guerra (born 1957), singer and songwriter
  • Mexico Pedro Infante (1917–1957)
  • Chile Víctor Jara (1932–1973), singer-songwriter
  • Colombia Juanes (born 1972), singer-songwriter
  • Puerto Rico U.S.A. Jennifer Lopez (born 1969), singer, dancer, actress, record producer, movie producer, songwriter, fashion designer
  • Mexico Jorge Negrete (1911–1953), singer-songwriter
  • Argentina Fito Páez (born 1961), singer, songwriter, producer and film director
  • Dominican Republic U.S.A. Prince Royce (born 1989), singer-songwriter
  • Dominican Republic Santaye, singer-songwriter
  • Brazil Ivete Sangalo (born 1972), singer and songwriter
  • Brazil Raul Seixas (1945–1989), composer, singer, songwriter and producer
  • Colombia Shakira (born 1977), Latin pop singer and songwriter
  • Argentina Luis Alberto Spinetta (1950–2012), singer and songwriter
  • Mexico Lynda Thomas (born 1981), alternative rock and eurodance, singer-songwriter
  • Colombia Carlos Vives (born 1961), vallenato singer and composer

Philosophers and humanists[edit]

  • Argentina Juan Bautista Alberdi (1810–1884), political theorist
  • Venezuela Chile Andrés Bello (1781–1865), humanist, poet, lawmaker, philosopher, educator and philologist
  • Brazil Leonardo Boff (born 1938), one of the most known first Liberation theologians
  • Argentina Mario Bunge (born 1919), philosopher, author of the Treatise on Basic Philosophy (8 volumes, 1974–1989)
  • Colombia Miguel Antonio Caro (1843–1909), humanist, linguist and politician
  • Colombia Rufino José Cuervo (1844–1911), philologist and linguist
  • Argentina José Ingenieros (1877–1925), philosopher, sociologist and science theoretician
  • Mexico Enrique Krauze (born 1947), historian, political and social essayist and publisher
  • Mexico Manuel de Landa (born 1952), philosopher, professor at Columbia University
  • Chile Humberto Maturana (born 1928), major proponent of the embodied philosophy
  • Venezuela Ernesto Mayz Vallenilla (born 1925), humanist, philosopher and educator
  • Colombia Antonio Nariño (1765–1824)
  • Mexico Edmundo O'Gorman (1906–1995), philosopher
  • Chile Francisco Varela (1946–2001), major proponent of the embodied philosophy
  • Mexico José Vasconcelos (1882–1959), thinker, educator and essayist

Science and technology[edit]

  • Brazil Manuel de Abreu (1894–1962), physician and scientist, inventor of abreugraphy
  • Puerto Rico Joseph M. Acaba (born 1967), first Puerto Rican astronaut
  • Argentina Luis Agote (1868–1954), physician and researcher, first doctor in Argentina to perform a non-direct blood transfusion using sodium citrate as an anticoagulant
  • Puerto Rico Ricardo Alegría (1921–2011), physical anthropologist, pioneer in the anthropological studies of the Taino culture
  • Argentina José Antonio Balseiro (1919–1962), Physicist, study on nuclear fusion and nuclear physics
  • Argentina Gregorio Baro (1928–2012), Radiochemistry, he created the first MRI contrast agent
  • Venezuela U.S.A. Baruj Benacerraf (1920–2011), immunologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Laureate (1980)
  • Mexico U.S.A. Martha E. Bernal (1931–2001), psychologist, first Latina to receive a psychology PhD in the United States
  • Colombia Francisco Jose de Caldas (1768–1818), commonly known as "el sabio" (the wise)
  • Argentina U.S.A. Fernando Caldeiro (born 1958), NASA astronaut
  • Dominican Republic Puerto Rico Víctor A. Carreño (1911–1967), NASA aerospace engineer
  • Mexico Nabor Carrillo Flores (1911–1967), nuclear physicist
  • Brazil Carlos Chagas (1879–1934), physician and scientist, pioneer in Chagas disease
  • Costa Rica the United States Franklin Chang-Diaz (born 1950), NASA astronaut who flew on seven spaceflights
  • Puerto Rico Nitza Margarita Cintron (born 1950), chief of NASA's (JSC) Space and Health Care Systems Office
  • Venezuela Jacinto Convit (born 1913), medical scientist, discoverer of vaccines against leprosy and leishmaniasis
  • Brazil Oswaldo Cruz (1872–1917), physician, bacteriologist, epidemiologist and public health officer
  • Argentina René Favaloro (1923–2000), cardiologist; created the technique for coronary bypass surgery (1967)
  • Venezuela Humberto Fernandez Moran (1924–1999), medical research scientist
  • Puerto Rico Orlando Figueroa (born 1955), Director for Mars Exploration and Director for the Solar System Division in the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters
  • Cuba Carlos Finlay (1833–1915), medical scientist, prominent researcher on yellow fever
  • Colombia Julio Garavito Armero (1865–1920), Colombian astronomer
  • Mexico Guillermo González Camarena (1917–1965), inventor of an early color television transmission system
  • Cuba Juan Gundlach (1810–1896), naturalist and taxonomist; over sixty species were named after him
  • Colombia Salomon Hakim (1922–2011), physician and scientist, Inventor of valve and procedure to treat hydrocephalus
  • Mexico Guillermo Haro (1913–1988), astrophysicist, made many important contributions to observational astronomy
  • Argentina Bernardo Houssay (1887–1971), physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Laureate (1947)
  • Mexico Miguel de Icaza (born 1972), free software programmer, best known for starting the GNOME and Mono projects
  • Argentina Luis Federico Leloir (1906–1987), biochemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate (1970)
  • Argentina Domingo Liotta (born 1924), cardiologist, he created the first artificial heart
  • Brazil Adolfo Lutz (1855–1940), physician and scientist, pioneer in Infectious disease
  • Chile Humberto Maturana (born 1928), biologist, co-author of the theory of autopoiesis
  • Argentina César Milstein (1927–2002), biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Laureate (1984)
  • Mexico Luis E. Miramontes (1925–2004), chemist, co-inventor of the first oral contraceptive (1951)
  • Mexico Mario J. Molina (born 1943), chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate (1995)
  • Honduras Salvador Moncada (born 1944), pharmacologist, discoveries related to nitric oxide function and metabolism
  • Mexico Rodolfo Neri Vela (born 1952), Ph.D, NASA payload specialist and astronaut
  • Peru U.S.A. Carlos I. Noriega (born 1959), NASA astronaut
  • Puerto Rico Antonia Novello (born 1944), 14th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Colombia Manuel Elkin Patarroyo (born 1947), pathologist, works on improving a vaccine for malaria
  • Dominican Republic Feniosky Peña-Mora, engineer and educator
  • Cuba Felipe Poey (1799–1891), zoologist, specialist in ichthyology
  • Argentina Eduardo H. Rapoport (born 1927), ecologist, contributions to biogeography (see Rapoport's rule)
  • Venezuela L. Rafael Reif (born 1950), engineer, president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Spain Mexico Andrés Manuel del Río (1764–1849), geologist and chemist, discovered vanadium (as vanadinite) in 1801
  • Puerto Rico U.S.A. Helen Rodríguez Trías (1929–2001), pediatrician, advocate for women's reproductive rights
  • Puerto Rico Wilfredo Santa-Gómez, psychiatrist
  • Dominican Republic José Santana (born 1962), specialist in technology and development; Executive Director of the Dominican Republic Presidential Commission of Science and Technology; Research Associate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mexico U.S.A. Sarah Stewart (1905–1976), microbiologist, discovered the Polyomavirus
  • Cuba Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (born 1942), first Cuban cosmonaut
  • Chile Francisco Varela (1946–2001), biologist, co-author of the theory of autopoiesis
  • Mexico U.S.A. Lydia Villa-Komaroff (born 1947), biologist, third Mexican American woman in the United States to receive a PhD in the sciences
  • Chile Klaus von Storch (born 1962), Chilean aerospace engineer

Social scientists[edit]

  • Puerto Rico Eugenio María de Hostos (1839–1903), educator and sociologist
  • Mexico Miguel León-Portilla (born 1926), anthropologist and historian, prime authority on Nahuatl thought and literature
  • Brazil Milton Santos (1926–2001), geographer, writer and university professor
  • Peru Hernando de Soto (born 1941), economist, known for his work on the informal economy
  • Peru Julio César Tello (1880–1947), archeologist, specialist in Pre-Columbian Andean cultures
  • Athletics
    • Mexico Daniel Bautista (born 1952), 20 km walk gold (1976 Olympics)
    • Brazil Thiago Braz da Silva (born 1993), pole vault gold medalist: 2016 Olympics
    • Argentina Delfo Cabrera (1919–1981), marathon gold medalist: 1948 Olympics
    • Mexico Ernesto Canto (born 1959), 20 km walk gold medalist: 1983, and 1984 Olympic Champion
    • Brazil Joaquim Cruz (born 1963), 800 m gold (1984 Olympics) and silver (1988 Olympics) medalist
    • Brazil Adhemar Ferreira da Silva (1927–2001), triple jump gold medalist: 1952 and 1956 Olympics
    • Cuba Anier García (born 1976), 110 m hurdles gold (2000 Olympics) and bronze (2004 Olympics) medalist
    • Mexico Raul González (born 1952), 50 km walk gold (1984 Olympics) and 20 km walk silver (1984 Olympics)
    • Cuba Alberto Juantorena (born 1950), 400m and 800m gold medalist: 1976 Olympics
    • Cuba Iván Pedroso (born 1972), long jump gold medalist: 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001 World Champion, and 2000 Olympic Champion
    • Ecuador Jefferson Pérez (born 1974), 20 km walk gold medalist: 2003, 2005, 2007 World Champion and 1999 silver medalist, and 1996 Olympic Champion and 2008 silver medalist
    • Cuba Dayron Robles (born 1986), 110 m hurdles gold (2008 Olympics)
    • Panama Irving Saladino (born 1983), long jump gold medalist: 2007, and 2008 Olympic Champion
    • Dominican Republic U.S.A. Felix Sanchez (born 1977), 400m hurdles gold medalist: 2001 and 2003 World Champion, and 2004 Olympic Champion
    • Cuba Javier Sotomayor (born 1967), high jump gold (1992 Olympics) and silver (2000 Olympics) medalist; World Recordman (since July 23, 1993)
    • Argentina Juan Carlos Zabala (1911–1983), marathon gold medalist: 1932 Olympics
  • Baseball
    • Venezuela Luis Aparicio (born 1934), Major League shortstop; member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
    • Miguel Cabrera (born 1983), Major League first baseman
    • Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente (1934–1972), Major League right fielder, NL MVP Award winner (1966), member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
    • Dominican Republic Juan Marichal (born 1937), Major League pitcher; member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
    • Nicaragua Dennis Martínez (born 1955), first Latino to pitch a perfect game in major league history
    • Dominican Republic Pedro Martínez (born 1971), three-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher; Major League Baseball All-Star Game MVP award winner (1999)
    • Dominican Republic Sammy Sosa (born 1968), MVP award-winning Right Fielder; first Latino to ever hit 500 home runs; ranked 5th on the list of the 500 home run club
    • Dominican Republic José Reyes (born 1983), Major League shortstop
    • Mexico Fernando Valenzuela (born 1960), Major League pitcher
  • Basketball
    • Puerto Rico Carlos Alberto Arroyo (born 1979), Detroit Pistons point guard
    • Brazil Leandro Barbosa, Phoenix Suns
    • Puerto Rico, Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks
    • Argentina Emanuel "Manu" Ginóbili (born 1977), NBA Champion (with San Antonio Spurs, 2003 and 2005) and Olympic Champion (with Argentina, 2004)
    • Dominican Republic Al Horford, Boston Celtics
    • Mexico, Horacio Llamas, Phoenix Suns
    • Mexico Eduardo Najera, New Jersey Nets
    • Puerto Rico, Butch Lee, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Boxing
    • Nicaragua Rosendo Alvarez (born 1970), World Champion and the only person to hold the undefeated flyweight champion to a draw
    • Nicaragua Alexis Argüello (born 1952), World Champion, member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame
    • Puerto Rico U.S.A. Wilfred Benítez (born 1958), World Champion in three separate weight divisions, member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame since 1996
    • Argentina Jorge Castro (born 1967), World middleweight Champion
    • Mexico Julio César Chávez (born 1962), World Champion (five titles in three different divisions)
    • Argentina Juan Martin Coggi (born 1961), three-time WBA's World Jr. Welterweight Champion
    • Dominican Republic Carlos Cruz (1937–1970), world Lightweight champion
    • Mexico United States Oscar De La Hoya (born 1972), first six division world champion in boxing history
    • Puerto Rico Carlos De León, four-time world Cruiserweight Champion
    • Panama Roberto Durán (born 1951), World Champion (six titles in four different divisions); first Hispanic to be four-time World Champion
    • Argentina Víctor Galíndez (1948–1980), World light heavyweight Champion
    • Puerto Rico Wilfredo Gómez (born 1956), three-time World Champion
    • Brazil Éder Jofre (born 1936), retired Brazilian professional boxer and former Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion
    • Argentina Santos Laciar, three-time World Champion
    • Cuba Mexico Raul Macias World Bantamweight Champion
    • Peru Kina Malpartida, World Boxing Association Champion in the Super Featherweight
    • Nicaragua Ricardo Mayorga (born 1973), former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion and former WBC Junior Middleweight Champion of the world
    • Argentina Carlos Monzón (1942–1995), World Middleweight Champion
    • Mexico Jose Luis Ramírez, two-time World Lightweight Champion
    • Puerto Rico John Ruiz (born 1972), two-time WBA's World Heavyweight Champion, first Latino to be world Heavyweight champion in history
    • Puerto Rico José Torres, first Latino world Light Heavyweight champion in boxing history
    • Puerto Rico Félix Trinidad (born 1973), World Champion
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Football (soccer)
  • Golf
  • Motor sports
    • Venezuela Johnny Cecotto (born 1956), 350cc GP motorcycle racing World Champion (1975)
    • Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (1911–1995), five-time Formula One World Champion
    • Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi (born 1946), 1972 and 1974 Formula One World Champion
    • Venezuela Carlos Lavado (born 1956), 250cc GP motorcycle racing World Champion (1983 and 1986)
    • Chile Juan Zanelli (1906–1944), Double Le Mans winner, European Hill Climb Championship winner and the first Latin American to win a Grand Prix motor racing in Europe.
    • Columbia Juan Pablo Montoya, Indianapolis 500 winner, also won Formula One and NASCAR races
    • Brazil Nelson Piquet (born 1952), triple Formula One World Champion (1981, 1983 and 1987)
    • Brazil Ayrton Senna (1960–1994), triple Formula One World Champion (1988, 1990 and 1991)
  • Surfing
    • Peru Sofia Mulanovich (born 1983), 2004 Women's World Champion
    • Brazil Phil Rajzman (born 1982), 2007 ASP OXBOW World Championship
  • Tennis
    • Brazil Maria Bueno (born 1939), 19 Grand Slam titles winner (7 singles, 12 doubles); International Tennis Hall of Famer since 1978
    • El Salvador Rosemary Casals, former tennis player and winner of multiple Grand Slams
    • Puerto Rico Gigi Fernández, Wimbledon doubles Champion
    • Dominican Republic U.S.A. Mary Joe Fernández (born 1971), won two Grand Slam Doubles titles, two Olympic gold medals and one Olympic bronze medal
    • Argentina Gastón Gaudio (born 1978), 2004 French Open Men's Singles Champion
    • Ecuador Andrés Gómez (born 1960), 1990 French Open Men's Singles Champion
    • Chile Fernando González 2007 Australian Open finalist and double Olympic medalist
    • Brazil Gustavo Kuerten (born 1976), three-time French Open Men's Singles Champion (1997, 2000 and 2001)
    • Chile Anita Lizana (1915–1994), 1937 US Open champion; first Latin American, and first Hispanic person, to be ranked World Number 1 in tennis
    • Chile Nicolas Massú, double Olympic gold medalist winner
    • Argentina David Nalbandian (born 1982), 2005 Tennis Masters Cup Champion
    • Peru U.S.A. Alex Olmedo (born 1936), 3 Grand Slam titles winner (2 singles, 1 doubles)
    • Mexico Rafael Osuna (1938–1969), four Grand Slam titles winner (one singles, three doubles)
    • Puerto Rico Monica Puig (born 1993), Olympic gold medalist - the first Latin American player to win the women's singles tournament; one-time singles champion on the WTA tour, six-time singles champion on the ITF circuit.
    • Chile Marcelo Ríos (born 1975), ATP World Number One, 1998; Australian Open finalist
    • Argentina Gabriela Sabatini (born 1970), 1990 US Open Women's Singles and 1988 Wimbledon Women's Doubles Champion
    • Ecuador U.S.A. Pancho Segura (born 1921), International Tennis Hall of Famer since 1984
    • Argentina Paola Suárez (born 1976), eight Grand Slam Doubles titles winner
    • Argentina Guillermo Vilas (born 1952), four Grand Slam Singles titles winner

Writers[edit]

See also List of Latin American writers (by country).

A-L[edit]

  • Mexico Spain Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (c. 1581–1639), dramatist
  • Chile U.S.A. Isabel Allende (born 1942), best selling novelist
  • Dominican Republic Angel Luis Arambilet Alvarez (born 1957), creator of the first Latin American short story using computerized linetext art or ASCII art
  • Dominican Republic U.S.A. Julia Julia Álvarez (born 1950), poet, novelist, and essayist
  • Brazil Jorge Amado (1912–2001), modernist writer
  • Brazil Mário de Andrade (1893–1945), poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian and critic
  • Peru José María Arguedas (1911–1969), novelist
  • Argentina Roberto Arlt (1900–1942), short-story writer, novelist, and playwright
  • Guatemala Miguel Ángel Asturias (1899–1974), Nobel Prize Laureate (1967)
  • Uruguay Mario Benedetti (born 1920), novelist and poet
  • Argentina Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914–1999), novelist, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1990)
  • Chile Roberto Bolaño (1953–2003), novelist, Rómulo Gallegos Prize Laureate (1999)
  • Argentina Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), Cervantes Prize Laureate (1979)
  • Peru Alfredo Bryce Echenique (born 1939), novelist and short story writer
  • Cuba Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1929–2005), novelist, essayist, translator, and critic, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1997)
  • Cuba Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980), novelist and essay writer, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1977)
  • Argentina Julio Cortázar (1914–1984), novelist and short story writer
  • Mexico Spain Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648/1651–1695), poet and dramatist
  • Nicaragua Rubén Darío (1867–1916), modernist poet
  • Puerto Rico Virgilio Dávila (1869–1943), poet
  • Chile Jorge Edwards (born 1931), Cervantes Prize Laureate (1999)
  • Mexico Laura Esquivel (born 1950), novelist
  • Puerto Rico Rosario Ferré (born 1938), poet and essayist
  • Mexico Carlos Fuentes (born 1928), novelist and essayist, Rómulo Gallegos (1977), Cervantes (1987) and Prince of Asturias (1994) awards laureate
  • Venezuela Rómulo Gallegos (1884–1969), novelist
  • Colombia Gabriel García Márquez (born 1928), novelist and journalist, Nobel Prize Laureate (1982)
  • Cuba Nicolás Guillén (1902–1989), poet
  • Argentina José Hernández (1834–1886), poet and journalist, author of the epic poem "Martín Fierro"
  • Chile Vicente Huidobro (1893–1948), poet, initiator of the Creacionismo movement
  • Cuba José Lezama Lima (1910–1976), novelist
  • Brazil Clarice Lispector (1925–1977), novelist
  • Puerto Rico Luis Lloréns Torres (1878–1944), poet
  • Puerto Rico Luis López Nieves (born 1950), best-selling novelist and tale writer
  • Cuba Dulce María Loynaz (1902–1997), poet, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1992)
  • Argentina Leopoldo Lugones (1874–1938), poet

M-Z[edit]

  • Brazil Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839–1908), realist novelist, poet and short-story writer
  • Uruguay U.S.A. Jorge Majfud (born 1970), novelist and essayist writer
  • Cuba José Martí (1853–1895), poet and essayist
  • Brazil Gregório de Matos (1636–1696), baroque poet
  • Dominican Republic Leopoldo Minaya (born 1963), Miguel de Cervantes Cultural Association Award winner (2001)
  • Dominican Republic Pedro Mir (1913–2000), poet and writer, named Poet Laureate of the Dominican Republic by Congress in 1984
  • Chile Gabriela Mistral (1889–1957), poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (1945)
  • Guatemala Augusto Monterroso (1921–2003), short story writer, Prince of Asturias Award Laureate (2000)
  • Argentina Manuel Mujica Láinez (1910–1984), novelist, essayist, journalist and short story writer; author of Bomarzo (1962)
  • Colombia Álvaro Mutis (born 1923), poet, novelist, and essayist; Cervantes Prize (2001) and Prince of Asturias Awards (1997) laureate
  • Chile Pablo Neruda (1904–1973), poet, Nobel Prize Laureate (1971)
  • Mexico Amado Nervo (1870–1919), modernist poet
  • Uruguay Juan Carlos Onetti (1909–1994), novelist and short-story writer, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1980)
  • Chile Nicanor Parra (1914-2018), anti-poet
  • Mexico Fernando del Paso (born 1935), novelist, essayist and poet, Rómulo Gallegos Prize Laureate (1982)
  • Mexico Octavio Paz (1914–1998), Cervantes Prize (1981) and Nobel Prize (1990) laureate
  • Mexico Sergio Pitol (born 1933), novelist, short story writer and translator, Cervantes Prize Laureate (2005)
  • Mexico Elena Poniatowska (born 1932), novelist.
  • Argentina Manuel Puig (1932–1990), novelist, author of The Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976)
  • Uruguay Horacio Quiroga (1878–1937), short story writer
  • Colombia José Eustasio Rivera (1888–1928), poet and novelist
  • Paraguay Augusto Roa Bastos (1917–2005), novelist, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1989)
  • Chile Gonzalo Rojas (born 1917), poet, Cervantes Prize Laureate (2003)
  • Mexico Juan Rulfo (1917–1986), novelist, Prince of Asturias Award Laureate (1983)
  • Argentina Ernesto Sabato (1911–2011), novelist and essay writer, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1984)
  • Mexico Jaime Sabines (1926–1999), poet
  • Argentina Alfonsina Storni (1892–1938), postmodernist poet
  • Brazil Lygia Fagundes Telles (born 1923), novelist and short-story writer; Camoens Prize Laureate (2005)
  • Venezuela Arturo Uslar-Pietri (1906–2001), novelist, Prince of Asturias Award Laureate (1990)
  • Peru César Vallejo (1892–1938), poet
  • Colombia Fernando Vallejo (born 1942), novelist, Rómulo Gallegos Prize Laureate (2003)
  • Peru Spain Mario Vargas Llosa (born 1936), novelist and essayist, Cervantes Prize Laureate (1994) and Nobel Prize Laureate (2010)
  • Peru Spain "El Inca" Garcilaso de la Vega (1539–1616), first mestizo author in Spanish language
  • Mexico Xavier Villaurrutia (1903–1950), poet
  • Venezuela Ali Lenin Aguilera (born 1967), businessman
  • Cuba/United StatesJosé Antonio Bowen (born 1952), Cuban American jazz musician and president of Goucher College
  • Peru U.S.A. Carlos Castaneda (1925–1998), New Age and Shamanism author
  • Venezuela Javier Castellano (born 1977), jockey winner of three consecutive Eclipse Awards, in 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Venezuela Ramon Dominguez (born 1976), jockey winner of three consecutive Eclipse Awards, in 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Argentina Enrique Gratas, television journalist
  • Peru María Julia Mantilla García (born 1983), Miss World 2004
  • Puerto Rico Denise Quiñones (born 1980), Miss Universe 2001
  • Puerto Rico U.S.A. Geraldo Rivera (born 1943), television journalist
  • Mexico Ricardo Salinas Pliego (born 1956), businessman
  • Mexico Carlos Slim Helú (born 1940), businessman, Latin America's richest man and #1 in the world (according to Forbes' August 2007 ranking)

Lists by nationality[edit]

See also[edit]

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