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Venezuela art exhibit focuses on Hugo Chavez

Thursday - 1/17/2013, 5:22pm  ET

* CORRECTS TITLE OF EXHIBIT * A visitor poses for a picture next to a painting of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the art exhibit titled "Chavez Vive y Vencera" or Chavez Lives and Will Prevail, displaying more than 20 paintings of the South American leader, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Normally at the center of national attention, Chavez is so ill following a fourth cancer surgery in Cuba that some Venezuelans have begun speculating about whether his cancer could force him from office and require a new presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A group of Venezuelan artists has contributed paintings of President Hugo Chavez to a new government-organized exhibit dedicated to the ailing leader.

The exhibit includes portraits of Chavez with his mother and daughter, as well as a painting of a saluting Chavez superimposed on a map of South America.

The exhibit is titled "Chavez Lives and Will Prevail." The 23 works also include two photographs.

The exhibit opened Wednesday in the Caracas Museum located in city mayor's office and will be on display for two weeks.

Chavez has been fighting an unspecified type of pelvic cancer and remains in Cuba more than five weeks after he underwent surgery. He hasn't spoken or appeared publicly since the operation.

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