President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his regret over the death of Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, the first Secretary of Culture.
"The government has lost an exemplary man who served our country with vocation and commitment for years”:
“An exceptional public servant, he was a passionate and tireless promoter of Mexico and its culture throughout the world. We will miss you, Rafa. May you rest in peace”: EPN
Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, died this morning at the Central Military Hospital in Mexico City at the age of 62.
- Rafael Tovar y de Teresa held various positions in the Finance Secretariat and the National Institute of Fine Arts, an organization he directed from 1991 to 1992.
- He served as Director General of Cultural Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Secretariat, from 1979 to 1982, and Mexican Ambassador to Italy, from 2001 to 2007.
- The National System of Art Creators, the National Arts Center (Cenart) and the Image Center were created while he was director of CONACULTA.
- He was appointed Secretary of Culture on December 21, 2015.