Fernando Vallejo Rendón (Medellín, 24 October 1942) is a writer and film director born in Colombia naturalized Mexican in 2007. He received numerous awards for his work including the Rómulo Gallegos Prize and is considered a character especially controversial for his sharp criticism towards the Catholic Church, false morality, physics and the formalisms.


Son of former Minister building, former Senator of the Republic, former Minister of development, former member of the constituent of Colombia, former President of the conservative directory of Antioquia, former Secretary of Government, director of the newspaper the power and conservative lawyer Hannibal Vallejo Álvarez.

Born and raised in the city of Medellín. Music fan, he became an excellent pianist. His taste for Mozart, Chopin, Gluck and Richard Strauss is remarkable. A year of studies at the Faculty of philosophy and letters of the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, graduated in biology at the University Javeriana. He traveled to Europe to study film in Italy, in the Experimental School of Cinecittà.

February 25, 1971 Vallejo was moved to city of Mexico, where he produced all of his work. Since then has not returned to live in Colombia.

In September 2009 Fernando Vallejo was awarded the Ph.d. honorary faculty of human sciences of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, causes of strenuous work due to the controversy at his work.


In April 2007, he obtained Mexican nationality and on 8 may of that year the Colombian resigned. His statement issued by Caracol Radio the day of his resignation to Colombian citizens turned around the world and caused reactions found in almost all means of Colombia.

To renounce their nationality, Fernando Vallejo referred to his native country at the following término:[

He noted that “this poor homeland of Colombia” is no longer yours.    “(…) and do not want to know it. What me reste life so I want to live in Mexico and here I think die “, noted writer.”

“Small discovered that Colombia was a killer country more killer everyone, then I realized that it was an atropellador and petty and now with the re-election of Uribe country found out he was an asshole country” and hence “I applied my nationalization in Mexico, I got last week,” said Vallejo in writing, signed on Mexico and dated 6 May 2007.

In October 2007 he said would begin procedures to return [ 2 ] Colombian nationality explained Vallejo later, gave his resignation to Colombian nationality from the complaint that brought a group of civilians against him and the director of the magazine SoHo by writing an article that the plaintiffs considered an insult to religion. In the first instance, a judge decided that director Daniel samper ospina magazine and the author should go to jail, Vallejo decided to start procedures to get Mexican nationality because he considered an infamy sentence and didn’t refer to it. Decision was appealed by the magazine a year later settled the matter but the proceeding for the nationalization in Mexico continued its course and one of the conditions was signing a paper where renounced Colombian nationality.[ 3 ] However, Vallejo expressed his idea of wanting to return to Colombia to live no matter what might happen in 2009.


Vallejo has been featured internationally as a novelist. However, plus nine novels (five of which make up an autobiographic cycle), he has published three books of essays, a grammar of literary language and two biographies of Colombian poets (José Asunción Silva and Porfirio Barba-Jacob). His activity as a director and cinematographer, prior to his literary work, made three films, two of Colombian, but produced in Mexico topic.

Fernando Vallejo has written an autobiography, the river of time, consisting of five books. The first Blue days (1985), reflects several episodes of the children of the author in scenarios of the estate of his grandparents (Santa Anita) and the traditional Medellin Boston neighborhood. In secret fire (1987), explore roads of drugs and homosexuality in Medellín and Bogotá as a teenager. The following deliverables, the roads to Rome (1988) and indulgence years (1989), recount their experiences in Europe, especially in Rome and New York. The fifth volume of the river of time, between ghosts in 1993 and comprises the years which has lived in city of Mexico, where he lives since 1971. Vallejo is the author of the biography of Antioquia poet Miguel Angel Osorio, better known as Porfirio Barba-Jacob. Entitled The Messenger (1987), is the product of over ten years of constant and rigorous research Colombia, Central America and Mexico. In 1994 he published a novel out of his biographical cycle, our Lady of the assassins in Medellin drug violence. It was made into a film by barbet schroeder receiving found reviews. He won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, one of the most prestigious of the Spanish language in 2003, for the desbarrancadero. In autobiographical allusions, and with the extraordinary strength of a stark language Vallejo describes in this work the illness and the death of his brother Darius presenting thoughts on the topics of disease (AIDS in particular), the crisis of the family, everyday violence and the Catholic Church as a social evil. In parallel rambla (2002) a walking corpse alucinadamente travels on a Barcelona smothered by heat and in the voice of the Narrator is mistaken Medellín and Mexico, in prose full of rage and nostalgia, where melt into one past, present and future. My brother the Mayor (2004), inspired by the figure of his brother Charles, Mayor of the municipality of Thames, Antioquia, described in ironic but everywhere South American electoral rituals: unattainable promises, “phantom” voters, purchased votes and compadrazgos. After struggling to grips with his innate honesty, the protagonist is elected Mayor and its management, saturated with economic and legal problems, is a major step forward for the city.

As a filmmaker, he wrote and directed two films on violence in Colombia in Mexico: Chronicle red (1977) and in the storm (1980). A third film “defeat” (1984) co-written with kado kostzer meant his last directorial work.

Procultura published edition of the complete poetry of porfirio Barba-Jacob in 1985. For 1995 published the result of extensive research after the remembrance of who was one of the great Colombia poet José Asunción Silva; This biography called souls in penalty, black chapolas, describes the financial embezzlement of the poet and reflects ambient bogotan end of the 19th century with complete success.

Most of his novels have stage Colombia and his recurring themes are violence, homosexuality, teens, drugs and death.

Vallejo has also grown essay: in 1983, Fondo de Cultura Económica published in Mexico Logoi. A grammar of literary language, an ambitious research project on literary writing, which highlights critical and original views on language use and its limits; Darwinist tautology (1998) attempts to refute the Darwinian selection and adaptation theory accepts as causes of evolution, but having exclusive cause changes that can randomly occur in DNA at the molecular level without intervention or influence of the environment or any causes outside.

As Narrator provides a brazen, iconoclastic, black and deeply pessimistic vision of the world. His style is harsh and strenuous and altogether represents one of the summits of the present Colombian narrative. One trial more, physical imposturología Manualito (2005), offers a discussion, in the form of satire of the theoretical constructions of physics; in the voice of a narrator scholar, Vallejo accuses of impostors the leading representatives of physics with the help of the imposturología, a science of imposture invented by him.

His most recent publication, the whore of Babylon (2007), is an extensive and neat, historical essay that Vallejo exposes a very well-documented criticism of Christianity and the Catholic Church.

He defined as a Vatican crimes prontuario.

Fernando Vallejo highlights critical national, intellectual tradition while continuing to names such as the Barba-Jacob and Fernando González.

Author’s bibliography


* Our Lady of the assassins (1994)

* The river of time (1999). Work composed by:

o Blue day (1985)

o The secret fire (1987)

o The roads to Rome (1988)

o Years of indulgence (1989)

o Whisperer (1993)

* The desbarrancadero (2001). Awarded the Rómulo Gallegos Prize in his XIIIª Edition (2003).

* Parallel rambla (2002)

* My brother the Mayor (2004)

* The gift of life (2010)


* The Messenger (1991), biography of porfirio Barba-Jacob.

* Souls in penalty, black chapolas (1995), biography of José Asunción Silva.


* Logoi: a grammar of literary language (1983)Test

* The Darwinist tautology (1998)

* Physical imposturología manualito (2005)

* The whore of Babylon (2007)


As director

Short films

* A man and a village (1968)

* A path to development (1969)

Feature films

* Red Chronicle (The script title: Road closed) (1977). Awarded the Mexican Academy of film to the best first film and best ambience Ariel award in 1979.

* In the storm (1980). Ariel award (1981) the best setting.

* District champions (1981)

As a writer

* Our Lady of the assassins (2000)

As an actor

* Supreme malaise: unrelenting portrait of Fernando Vallejo (2003)

[Edit] University studies on Vallejo

* Luis Ospina, 2003. Supreme malaise: unrelenting portrait of Fernando Vallejo. Documentary about the life and work of Vallejo. [1]

* Francisco Villena, 2009. The dead masks: autoficción and narrative topographies in the work of Fernando Vallejo. Bogotá: Universidad Pontificia Javeriana. [2]

* Jacques Josep, 2010. “Death and grammar.” “The Fernando Vallejo route”. Bogotá-Buenos Aires-Madrid-Mexico, Taurus.