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Maximiliano “Pincel” Rosado

Maximiliano “Pincel” Rosado - one of Belize’s esteemed commercial graphic artists passes

He was well known in Caye Caulker and painted majority of our local business signs that are still in tact today!

The life of 70-year-old Maximiliano Rosado has expired – with the blame resting on one of those cancers that afflict the human race (lymphoma) - but if you listen to his daughters speak of him now, you’d not detect an ounce of sorrow. After seven decades of life thoroughly enjoyed, of opportunities seized and dogged determination galore, his children, three girls, and wife, are left to celebrate the giant of a man that “Pincel” became in the art world. Pincel, of course, being the Spanish translation for paint brush. Never mind that his artistic mark is left in varied, perhaps unusual places – gracing the sea on vessels from north to south, the entrances of businesses almost the country over. “Pincel” closed the last chapters of his life as a graphic design artist, commercially esteemed, and he would paint anywhere from the walls of the business next to his Belize City studio, that big lobster on the Northern Fishermen Cooperative building, to the remarkable work that adorns the halls in the Old Belize Museum.

Born in Corozal Town but having moved to the cayes, Rosado became a fisherman and lover of the sea. His subject on whatever he turned into his canvas, therefore, invariably became marine subjects. When his shrimp boat sank under him as captain in the 80’s, he turned to his God-given talent - painting.

His eldest daughter, Lesly Francis Caballero-Lin could be no more proud of her father. She explained that his talent was discovered in his primary school days when a sister saw his drawings in text books. From there he was tasked with drawing Christmas decorations on all the classroom blackboards – something he thoroughly enjoyed. In later years, his clientele featured fishermen who sought him out for tattoos. Thereafter, he turned to sign painting for businesses.

In August of 2020 Rosado began displaying signs of illness but his daughter says that due to the COVID-19 pandemic he was not diagnosed until October when they could finally get hospital service. He completed his last sign painting in November 2020 and though visibly frailer, he insisted on getting it done. In fact, another of his daughters, Ruth Rosado shared that one day, he sneaked out of the house from 8 Miles to get to work. When she went to pick him up he refused to leave until he had completed the sign. Lesly told us of his sheer dedication to his work that stemmed from his passion for his craft, “with all his ailing he continued to work daily. He would take a bus and go into the city and he would walk every day where he had his studio…he was so passionate. It gave him so much joy to bring to life and bring out a perspective of what the client wanted. He aimed to please.”

And as a father, please he did in the kitchen to the point that the cooking of his Honduran cosmetologist wife had some serious competition among their daughters. Lesly recounted, “he had such a touch with fish! He would bring home fish and it would taste like the nicest thing you ever ate…It was quite a situation because mommy would cook during the day…and when daddy come he will make something and then you are conflicted: ‘Ok, which one do I eat?’ And we would be like ‘mommy we love your cooking, it’s nice, but we want to tell you that daddy cooks really good too!’”

And while it sounds like he lived a life of ease throughout, despite all his successes and countless high points, it was not all a bed of roses for "Pincel." He had a difficult childhood and youth but he did not allow that to poison his future; he trod on and chose positivity above all. When he married Blanca Galeano, he bestowed all the love he had on her and their children: Lesly, Ruth and Lastenia.

His family will remember him as a cheerful, humble man and a wonderful father whose parting shot was always a joke. And in like fashion, his daughters and wife continue the tradition. Lesly closed by recalling, “he turned everything into humour in life and he made sure when he left, wherever he left, he left the people laughing. And that is how we are today. Even though we grieve and we are strong, we are laughing at the memories that we shared with him.”