Hugo Lindo Olivares was born on October 13, 1917, in La Union, El Salvador, into a family with scarce resources and the good vision to provide its offspring the best possible education within its means.
|"My parents did something important by placing me in schools where my inclinations were fostered gradually. I acknowledge these efforts and I am grateful for them"|
He attended secondary school a the Colegio Garcia Flamenco, in San Salvador,
At the University of El Salvador he studied Law and Social Sciences. He took
time off his studies to travel to Chile, a visit that expanded his horizons.
"Obviously that all that broadened my world. Before I left my world was San Salvador, which was then one tenth the city it is today, I was a small town boy dazzled by a five-story building that I could not conceive. A boy who went to the theater and to exhibitions, who listened to conversations and conferences of high culture. It was definitely an enrichment of my spiritual life."
|He returned to San
Salvador where he obtained his PhD. His doctoral
dissertation "Divorce in El Salvador" obtained a gold medal.
1947 a diplomatic mission took him to Korea where he came in contact with
a culture which is totally different from that of the west and appreciated
other ways to view life.
"I went to a Shintoist wedding and visited several Buddhist temples. In Japan I took part in a Buddhist contemplative seminar and all these experiences were like a forceps that extended a view of the world that wasn't as constricted as the one I had before leaving."
Ever since, meditation practice and the search for the Absolute through introspection became lifelong habits.
Between 1948 and 1949 he was a government officer in some capacity
including that of law counselor to the Justice Ministry. In 1951 he was
appointed, and then elected, municipal trustee.
At the end of the following year he was sent to Chile, first as
chargé d'affaires and afterwards as ambassador until 1959. Having requested,
for personal reasons, a posting closer to El Salvador, he was assigned as
ambassador to Colombia; he remained in Bogota until the end of 1960 when he
returned to El Salvador.
| The following year
he became the minister of Education and later he
worked for the integration of Central America as director of educational and
cultural affairs of the Organization of Central American States (ODECA).
In mid 1969 one of his dreams becomes reality when he is sent to Europe as Salvadoran ambassador to Spain, where he becomes a friend of well known writers like Damaso Alonso, Gerardo Diego, Jose Garcia Nieto, Carlos Murciano etc. He stays in Spain until 1972 and goes back to El Salvador for good.
San Salvador he opened a gallery-bookshop named Altamar, where he
then became the dean of arts and humanities department at the
As to his personal life, he was very lucky in the woman he fell in love with, Carmen Fuentes de Lindo, who is cultured, with great tranquility and presence. She became his wife, muse and mother of his seven children.