The Republic of El Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country has a diverse culture as it was for centuries inhabited by several Mesoamerican nations, including the Cuzcatlecs, the Lenca and Maya. European influence on the culture is also prominent as the nation was once under Spanish colonial rule. Salvadoran priest and doctor José Matías Delgado y León was a leader in the independence movement of El Salvador from the Spanish Empire as was General Manuel José Arce y Fagoaga. Even after gaining independence in the early 19th century, the country went through several decades of political instability and violence. Farabundo Martí, a Marxist-Leninist activist and a revolutionary leader during the 1932 Salvadoran peasant massacre, is regarded as a martyr in Salvadoran history. Decades later the Salvadoran Civil War happened and Gen. Majano and Gen. Gutierrez emerged as major figures in that period. The recent years have been relatively peaceful in the nation, encouraging Salvadorans to build their legacy in the areas of arts, academics, entertainment and sports. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous Salvadorans.
Óscar RomeroÓscar Romero
15 August 1917
Archbishop of San Salvador
José Napoleón DuarteJosé Napoleón Duarte
23 November 1925
Salvadoran Political figure

Mauricio FunesMauricio Funes
18 October 1959
Former President of El Salvador

Francisco Flores PérezFrancisco Flores Pérez
17 October 1959
Salvadoran Politician

Roque DaltonRoque Dalton
14 May 1935
Poet

Claudia LarsClaudia Lars
20 December 1899
Poet
Joaquin Eufrasio BuzmanJoaquín Eufrasio Guzmán
1801 AD
Former President of El Salvador

Luis FloresLuis Flores
08 July 1993
YouTuber

Alicia NashAlicia Nash
01 January 1933
Physicist
Gabriela Rodríguez de BukeleGabriela Rodríguez de Bukele
31 March 1985
Educator

Salvador Sánchez CerénSalvador Sánchez Cerén
18 June 1944
Politician
Pete SandovalPete Sandoval
21 May 1963
Drummer

Consuelo de Saint ExupéryConsuelo de Saint Exupéry
10 April 1901
Writer, Journalist, Painter, Sculptor

Antonio SacaAntonio Saca
09 March 1965
Politician

Álvaro TorresÁlvaro Torres
09 April 1954
Singer

Rutilio GrandeRutilio Grande
05 July 1928
Priest
Maura ClarkeMaura Clarke
13 January 1931
 

Carlos Humberto RomeroCarlos Humberto Romero
29 February 1924
Politician

Ivan MenjivarIvan Menjivar
30 May 1982
Mixed martial artist

Marcelo ArevaloMarcelo Arevalo
17 October 1990
Tennis player
Milena MayorgaMilena Mayorga
22 April 1976
Legislator

Cristina CornejoCristina Cornejo
10 October 1982
Politician
Fidel Sánchez HernándezFidel Sánchez Hernández
07 July 1917
Politician

Maria Ofelia NavarreteMaria Ofelia Navarrete
Politician

Prudencia AyalaPrudencia Ayala
28 April 1885
Writer
Marisela de MontecristoMarisela de Montecristo
25 August 1992
Model

Ana MariaAna Maria
17 May 1929
Politician
Émile FriantÉmile Friant
16 April 1863
French artist

SalarrueSalarrue
22 October 1899
Writer

Maria Luisa HayemMaria Luisa Hayem
Minister of the Economy
Irma DimasIrma Dimas
09 August 1986
Model

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Alfredo EspinoAlfredo Espino
08 January 1900
Poet
Vanda PignatoVanda Pignato
16 February 1963
Lawyer

Karina SosaKarina Sosa
05 April 1976
Politician

Alexandra Hill TinocoAlexandra Hill Tinoco
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ana Ligia Mixco Sol de SacaAna Ligia Mixco Sol de Saca
01 December 1961
Businesswoman
Horacio Castellanos MoyaHoracio Castellanos Moya
21 November 1957
Novelist
Alberto MasferrerAlberto Masferrer
24 July 1868
Essayist

Ana Vilma de EscobarAna Vilma de Escobar
02 March 1954
Former Vice President of El Salvador

Rufina AmayaRufina Amaya
1943 AD
Sole survivor of the El Mozote massacre

Camila Vargas PalomoCamila Vargas Palomo
22 September 1986
Rower
Francisco GavidiaFrancisco Gavidia
29 December 1863
Writer

Margarita Villalta de SánchezMargarita Villalta de Sánchez
04 April 1950
Politician

Lourdes Rodríguez de FloresLourdes Rodríguez de Flores
1959 AD
First Lady

Luciana SandovalLuciana Sandoval
17 November 1980
Television presenter

Carlos Ernesto Escobar MejiaCarlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia
Criminal
Jesse RodriguezJesse Rodriguez
Swimmer

Larissa VegaLarissa Vega
05 August 1993
Beauty pageant contestant
Claudia Hernández GonzálezClaudia Hernández González
22 July 1975
Short story writer

Rafael ArévaloRafael Arévalo
04 July 1986
Tennis player

Carmen Elena FigueroaCarmen Elena Figueroa
Politician
Lilian Mercedes LetonaLilian Mercedes Letona
24 September 1954
Revolutionary

Alice Lardé de VenturinoAlice Lardé de Venturino
29 June 1895
Poet
María Isabel RodríguezMaría Isabel Rodríguez
05 November 1922
Legislator

María Teresa RiveraMaría Teresa Rivera
1983 AD
Human rights activist

Marisol Argueta de BarillasMarisol Argueta de Barillas
06 April 1968
Politician

Milena Calderón Sol de EscalónMilena Calderón Sol de Escalón
1945 AD
Politician

Carmen María Gallardo HernándezCarmen María Gallardo Hernández
28 November 1949
Political figure
Tatiana HuezoTatiana Huezo
09 January 1972
Film director

Carmen Aída LazoCarmen Aída Lazo
03 January 1976
Economist

Rebeca MorenoRebeca Moreno
17 June 1986
Beauty pageant contestant

Antonia Navarro HuezoAntonia Navarro Huezo
10 August 1870
Engineer
Marianella García VillasMarianella García Villas
07 August 1948
Lawyer

Papa A.P.Papa A.P.
06 January 1982
Singer
Sonia CruzSonia Cruz
1990 AD
Beauty pageant contestant

Matilde Elena LópezMatilde Elena López
20 February 1919
Poet

Takeshi FujiwaraTakeshi Fujiwara
05 August 1985
Athlete
Gloria Salguero GrossGloria Salguero Gross
24 September 1941
Politician

María Álvarez de GuillénMaría Álvarez de Guillén
24 August 1889
Businesswoman
Cristina LópezCristina López
19 September 1982
Racewalker

Manuel EscobarManuel Escobar
06 August 1924
Sailor

Patricia MurilloPatricia Murillo
06 February 1993
Model
Ana Maria de MartinezAna Maria de Martinez
28 May 1937
Artist

Eva DimasEva Dimas
18 March 1973
Athlete
Irma AmayaIrma Amaya
28 June 1961
Politician

María Eugenia Brizuela de ÁvilaMaría Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila
31 October 1956
Lawyer

Juan José CañasJuan José Cañas
19 January 1826
Composer

Marcelo AcostaMarcelo Acosta
07 August 1996
Swimmer
Ana Yancy ClavelAna Yancy Clavel
28 April 1992
Beauty pageant contestant
Carlos FigueroaCarlos Figueroa
27 March 1985
Football Midfielder

Diego Vigil CocañaDiego Vigil Cocaña
1799 AD
Politician

Marcela ZamoraMarcela Zamora
1980 AD
Director

Violeta MenjivarVioleta Menjivar
22 August 1952
Politician
Evelyn GarcíaEvelyn García
29 December 1982
Sport cyclist

Idubina RivasIdubina Rivas
04 August 1994
Model

Henry MartínezHenry Martínez
20 January 1971
Boxer

María Julia HernándezMaría Julia Hernández
30 January 1939
Human rights activist

Mario BencastroMario Bencastro
1949 AD
Novelist
Alba DelgadoAlba Delgado
06 January 1991
Model

Arquímedes ReyesArquímedes Reyes
26 January 1981
Singer
Eleonora CarrilloEleonora Carrillo
Model

Golda MarcusGolda Marcus
15 March 1983
Swimmer
Miguel Angel EspinoMiguel Angel Espino
17 December 1902
Writer
Alisson AbarcaAlisson Abarca
25 January 1996
Model