Chilean architect, filmmaker, landscape painter and collector Alvaro Jorge Covacevich has been awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government in recognition of his efforts to promote Mexico's culture in Chile.

The Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the country's highest award for foreigners, is given to individuals who have provided "prominent" service to the Mexican nation, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said in a statement.

Foreign Relations Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean Norma Pensado Moreno presented Covacevich with the award in a ceremony held on Tuesday.

Covacevich is a "tireless promoter and admirer of Mexican culture," Pensado Moreno said.

Covacevich, who was born in Santiago, has worked to spread knowledge of Mexican culture, especially in the Gulf city of Veracruz, "where he collaborated in the creation of the Museum of Anthropology in Jalapa and in recovering a large collection of archaeological artifacts held abroad," Pensado Moreno said.

He also helped put together works by artist Diego Rivera for the museum in Veracruz and participated with the Economic Cultural Council in the creation of the Science and Audiovisual Culture Council, the secretariat said.

Covacevich produced the documentary "Los Pintores Mexicanos y su Mundo" (The Mexican Painters and Their World), which highlighted the contributions of Mexican artists. EFE