It is the highest recognition of public competition granted by The Venezuelan State to artists and creators with more than 30 years of experience in our country, who are postulated by communities, institutions and cultural organizations to be honored due to their invaluable contribution to the cultural development of the country, the preservation of the cultural traditions, the rescue of the memory and the amount of new discoveries for the esthetic creation through his art work.
Since 1940, the award organization has been a responsibility of many institutions such as Ministry of Education, The INICIBA and the CONAC. From 2007 this award is one of the commitments of the Casa del Artista foundation.
National cultural award has been awarded to 378 artists. There are 10 categories: architecture, arts, cinema, popular culture, photography, dance, humanities, literature, music and theater.
Is the highest recognition of public competition granted by The Venezuelan State to artists and creators with more than 30 years of experience in our country, who are postulated by communities, collectives, institutions and cultural organizations to be honored due to their invaluable contribution to the cultural development of the country, the preservation of the cultural traditions, the rescue of the memory and the amount of new discoveries for the esthetic creation through his art work.
In 1940, for the first time at the Primer Sálon Oficial de Arte Venezolano celebration was awarded the National cultural award (Premio Nacional de la Cultura). Being honored Marcos Castillo in painting and Francisco Narvaez in sculpture, both categories were awarded until 1969.
In 1941 Rafael Monasterios was awarded in painting, and from that year the prize began to develop with new categories; in 1947 the painting category was honored again and new categories are incorporated such as, plastic arts, literature and applied arts resulting as winners Héctor Poleo, Mateo Manaure, Mario Briceño Irragorry and Ricardo Arrue, respectively.
In 1959 is created the national Prize of Drawing and Printmaking (Premio Nacional de Dibujo y Grabado) this honor was received by Ivan Petrovsky, and it was awarded. It was awarded until 1969.
In 1963 the new mention architecture was incorporated to the prize and it was received by the master Carlos Raúl Villanueva.
In 1970 for the first time was honored the national prize of theater, it was received by Rodolfo Santana and finally in 1975 is incorporated the mention music, award
That was given for the first time to the pianist Moises moleiro. In 1986 Juan Félix Sanchez won the mention popular culture. Later in 1990 Román Chalbaud and José Sigala were honored with the prize in the new mentions cinema and photography respectively, also in that year was incorporated the Cultural journalism, category in which two figures were honored such as José Ratto Ciarlo and Nelson Luis Martinez. In 1992 was created the last mention danza and was awarded to the renowned dancer Vicente Nebreda.
Even though the history of the National cultural award began in 1940 over the years its characteristic and mentions have changed a very great deal, but in 1997 this prize giving is regularized establishing a ten mentions prize.
This prize is the most important award in culture granted by the Venezuelan State and it has been organized by many government bodies over the years. Firstly The Ministry of Education was responsible, then became a responsibility of the Instituto Nacional de Cultura and Bellas Artes (INCIBA) and subsequently of the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura (CONAC), In 2006 the Ministry of Popular Power for Culture changed to a one of its bodies which is the Casa del Artista Foundation, institution that took responsibility for the organization, coordination and the award ceremony. In the same year new bases were established and the prize became a new biennial in which the awarded categories were Plastic arts, Cinema, Popular culture, dance, photography humanities, literature, music and theater.
With the perspectives and valuation of the Bolivarian Government the prize winners have been recognized and dignified in a great event showing close familiarity and admiration, with a significant cash prize, social assistance and a fair allocation for life. This award is the only prize that concedes economic resources and contributes to a better quality of life of the winners.
It is recognition of our creator people.