Marco Aurelio Denegri
Denegri in 2015
Marco Aurelio Denegri Santagadea

(1938-05-16)16 May 1938
Died27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 80)
Lima, Peru
Alma materColegio San Andrés
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
OccupationWriter, literary critic, television presenter, sexologist
  • Julio Ernesto Denegri Cornejo (father)
  • Leonor Santagadea Arana (mother)

Marco Aurelio Denegri Santagadea (16 May 1938 – 27 July 2018)[1] was a Peruvian intellectual,[2] literary critic, television host and sexologist.

Early life and education

His father was Julio Ernesto Denegri Cornejo - his grandfather was Marco Aurelio Denegri Valega - and his mother was Leonor Santagadea Arana.[3] He attended Colegio San Andrés (formerly Colegio Anglo-Peruano).[4] He later studied law at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos,[4] and then Sexology and Sociology.[4] He said that he attended several universities; however, he considered himself a "self-taught polymath".[5]


During the 1970s, Denegri was the editor of Revista Científica y Artística de Cultural Sexual – Fáscinum.[6] Its first issue was published in April 1972.[citation needed]

His career in Peruvian television began in 1973. From 1997 to 2000 he hosted A solas con Marco Aurelio Denegri on Cable Magico Cultural.[6] He resigned in 2000 and then moved to TV Peru-, thanks to the aid of José Watanabe, and there he hosted a television program called La función de la palabra, where he addressed various aspects of culture-from music to the beauty of the hands-although he considered it counter-cultural.[7]

He wrote articles for various Peruvian newspapers, which have been published in "De esto y de aquello" by Ricardo Palma University.[4] He wrote a weekly column for El Comercio.[citation needed]

Personal life

Denegri never married and was very reserved regarding his private life. In some programs he expressed being friends with some intellectuals, although during the last years of his life he became totally isolated. His main link to the world was his assistant and maid Rosa Torres; anyone interested in speaking to Denegri had to ring her cellphone to request a telephone conversation with Denegri. After Denegri gave her permission, she connected the phone line and the person in question could communicate directly with him.[8]

During his youth he frequently visited Jirón Huatica in Lima, a meeting place for prostitutes and their clients. In "Miscelánea humanística" he drew a map of the location as he knew it.[9]

He was also a witness to peculiar sexual encounters. In one of the airings of "La función de la palabra", he said that together with a group of people he witnessed a technical intercourse session which involved great endurance in resisting the urge to ejaculate. Denegri related that he saw a male prostitute enduring 45 minutes of passive oral sex without ejaculating. Furthermore, in an interview conducted by journalist Raúl Tola, Denegri said that he attended an ejaculation contest which consisted in ejaculating up to the farthest distance. Amused by his story, Tola asked him where could one find such contests, to which Denegri only replied that several such contests exist.[10]

He was an audiophile and music lover and a Peruvian cajón lover; for this reason he introduced the term cajonística to refer to the art of African-Peruvian cajón playing.[11]


He died on 27 July 2018 due to pulmonary emphysema.[12]



  1. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri falleció a los 80 años tras una fibrosis pulmonar". La República (in Spanish). 27 July 2018. Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Esos barrancos hace tiempo dejaron de ser nuestros". Diario Voces (in Spanish). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ Francisco Javier Carbone Montes. "Marco Aurelio Denegri Valega - Árbol genealógico Francisco Javier Carbone Montes" (in Spanish). GeneaNet. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Marco Aurelio Denegri: Recuerda la trayectoria del reconocido intelectual" (in Spanish). Perú 21. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ Marco Aurelio Denegri (2006). De esto y aquello (in Spanish). Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma. ISBN 9972236161.
  6. ^ a b "Marco Aurelio Denegri (1938-2018)". Arkivperu (in Spanish). 28 July 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri: TV Perú transmitirá programas inéditos de intelectual peruano". El Comercio (in Spanish). 28 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Documental Sucedió en el Perú - Marco Aurelio Denegri - 05/11/2018" (in Spanish).
  9. ^ Denegri, Recuerdos huatiqueros (2010). Miscelánea Humanística (in Spanish). XI. Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. p. 115.
  10. ^ Casa Tomada: Marco Aurelio Denegri (in Spanish). TV Perú. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri (Lima, 6 de mayo de 1938) | Arte y Cultura TV todo en VIDEOS". (in Spanish). 5 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. ^ Fangacio, Juan Carlos (27 July 2018). "Murió Marco Aurelio Denegri, el intelectual que se hizo ícono popular". El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 July 2018.