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CITGO Sponsors Exhibit of Four Venezuelan Artists in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 09, 2009.-

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is sponsoring an exhibit of the works of three Venezuelan contemporary painters and a sculptor at the Andres Bello Hall of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, DC which will be open to the public from February 9-26, 2009.

The exhibit, entitled “Three Testimonials of Authenticity from Venezuela, with Special Guest Rosibel Ramírez” was officially launched with an artist reception earlier this evening.
“Each of these four artists expresses their talent with the inspiration and love of Venezuela, our home country, and their individual and polished ability in a unique and self-defined manner,” CITGO Chairman, President and CEO Alejandro Granado told attendees.

Each of the four featured artists -- Armando Villalón, Ramón Chirinos and Alirio Infante, painters; and Rosibel Ramírez, sculptor -- spoke about their methodology and inspiration. In their remarks all artists thanked CITGO for its support of the exhibit, which first opened for the three painters in Houston in December of last year, and will go on to New York in the spring.

“I firmly believe that in sponsoring this exhibit, we are not only promoting Venezuelan talent outside of Venezuela, but also offering an opportunity to connect our peoples, our cultures, and thus foster closer links between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the United States through the international language of art,” Granado stated to a crowd that included both Americans and Venezuelans.

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is located at 1099 30th St., N.W. in Washington D.C. 20007.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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