Carmen Acevedo Vega
|Born||July 16, 1913|
|Died||April 28, 2006(aged 92)|
Carmen Acevedo Vega was born in Guayaquil on July 16, 1913. Her father was José L. Acevedo Quiroz, a writer and poet from Quito. Her mother was Obdulia Vega Andrade, from Cuenca. Carmen Acevedo Vega was born in Guayaquil on July 16, 1913. Her father, José L. Acevedo Quiroz, was a writer and poet from Quito. Her mother, Obdulia Vega Andrade, was born in Cuenca. She lived her first years in a farm owned by his father in Naranjal. Years later, her family moved to Guayaquil, where she completed her elementary studies at the Colegio la Inmaculada in Guayaquil. She later had to drop from high school due to social prejudices of the time.
When she was six years old, Carmen Acevedo Vega was taken to "San Vicente" farmland, which belonged to her father. At that moment, nature had an impact on her and she got introduced to the peasant life. During this time, she acquired a peculiar habit: she would never cry. She developed this habit because her parents would tell her older siblings that men must not cry, if they do so, they would look like women. This commentary made her wonder why only women had the right to cry. Therefore, she resolved not to cry over nothing.
She first approached literature, as well as recitation and singing, thanks to a teacher from Guayaquil. She was considered as a quiet, nervous and shy girl at school and at home. She focused most of her attention and time to her studies. She was the best in gymnastics, olympic jumps and she got the highest grades. The theater world highly drew her attention; she was impressed with the theatrical performances, longing to be chosen for literary evenings. At home, she and her brother used to imitate the artists of the Comedian Children's Company that performed at the Teatro Colón.
When she finished elementary school, she completed only two years of high school. Her father did not allow her to go to the Vicente Rocafuerte School. Carmen had to stay at home where she read tons of books. She then developed her interest for biographies, novels and classic literature. Her father motivated her to write her first poems, these poems would talk about death, ghosts and disappointment. She was also inspired by her father's friends, writers and musicians who would frequently visit the house.
In 1929, she published some poems in the magazines from Guayaquil "Ideal” and "Perú". When Telmo Vaca del Pozo heard the news, he went to Carmen and told her that being a poet is very hard, especially for women because of the strong criticism. After listening to this, she decided not to show her poems and to dedicate herself to singing. Her father supported her saying that she had a privileged voice and; therefore, had to study music. Carlos Alberto González and Francisco Paredes Herrera became her private teachers. Her father also wanted Carmen to become an actress, but her mother was radically opposed. Carmen would only sing at family evenings. She learned to sew and embroider at the same time. She entered the Music Conservatory under the direction of Maestro Pedro Pablo Traversari, and managed to study until the second year of piano, recital and singing.
With only sixteen years of age, her poems were published in magazines such as "Ideal" and "Perú". In 1935 she was part of the writing team of the newspaper “El Universo”. She resigned in 1938 in order to move to Cuenca where she began to work for the newspaper “El Mercurio”. A year later she returned to Guayaquil but continued working for the local newspaper in Cuenca. In 1945, she married Vicente Idrovo Valdivieso, whom she divorced in 1953. They had a son named Luis Galo Idrovo Acevedo. The experiences she had in her youth are evoked in her verses . She is known for composing works on social themes and protest, through sensitive, rhythmic and lyrical verses.
She died in Guayaquil on April 28, 2006.
Carmen Acevedo Vega was a member of many Ecuadorian institutions, including: