Salvadoran painter Carlos Cañas is the winner of the 2012 National Cultural Prize in El Salvador.
During the seventies and eighties, this Marxist painter put his art to the service of social criticism. His famous work "Sumpul", shown above, provides a chilling representation of the 1980 massacre at the Sumpul River in Chalatenango. Today the painting can be found hanging in the MARTE Museum in San Salvador.
The Associated Press interviewed Cañas in 1984 as he worked on Sumpul, where he described his style as "magical realism." Cañas stated "I do as [writer Gabriel] Garcia Marquez does, using magic to tell the truth. I document things and events though my painting."
You can see more of his works at this link.