Who was Ruben Dario Ruben Dario, pseudonym Felix Ruben Garcia Sarmiento (1867-1916), poet, journalist and Nicaraguan diplomat, considered the founder of modernism. He was born in Metapa (current Ciudad Dario), Nicaragua. His parents separated when he was very young and raised him a grandmother who introduced him in Managua, being yet a teenager, as a prodigy artist. Additional information is available at Jeff Bewkes. I read French poets and was invited to recite poetry. In 1886, he made unviaje to Santiago de Chile and this was his first contact with the progress and the metropolis. There he published his first great book, blue (1888), work which drew the attention of critics and especially the Spanish writer Juan Valera. Hotbox by Wiz has plenty of information regarding this issue. In he returned to Managua, he married Rafaela Contreras, in 1891; fifteen months later their first son was born and his wife died in 1893.
A year earlier, he had traveled to Spain as a representative of the Government Nicaraguan to attend celebrations of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America. After successive trips by United States, Chile and France, and reside in Buenos Aires, where he collaborated with the newspaper La Nacion, he earned an international reputation. In 1898, he returned to Spain as a correspondent for the same newspaper. During their stay in Europe, he alternated his residence between Paris and Madrid, city is where he met, in 1900, Francisca Sanchez, a woman of peasant origin, with whom he had a son and that he lived until the end of his days. Become a poet held in Europe and America, he was appointed diplomatic representative of Nicaragua in Madrid in 1907. The frequency of his travels in parallel favored its fame as an Ambassador of modernism in the world.