Pedro Centeno Vallenilla's work is a hybrid of influences from his native Venezuela to the Italian Renaissance painters like Michelangeo to the body-worshipping Fascists. His painterly glorification of the male body made his interests apparent and there seems to be an interplay of influence with a contemporary of his, artist George Quaintance.
From 1940 to 1944 he lived in the United States, where he did panels and murals at the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington. When he returned to Caracas, he devoted his life entirely to painting, and he opened a school in his workshop.
His first exhibitions were held at the School of Music of Caracas in 1932 and at the Charpentier Gallery in Paris in 1933. His major works are in the Embassy of Venezuela in Washington, and the Military Circle and the Legislative Palace in Caracas.
The painter was found dead in Caracas August 14, 1988, by a nephew in his studio, two days after his death, as he had forbidden anyone to interrupt him in his artistic work.
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