Social Snapshot: Chary Rico-Toro
The artist and founder of the Inti Foundation speaks to us in her own words
Rosario “Chary” Rico-Toro is the founder of the Inti Foundation, a charity for children in Bolivia. It supports basic needs, such as food and healthcare, as well as ongoing programs, such as one for youth soccer leagues. The foundation partners with Jackson Health Foundation’s International Kids Fund. Also In Miami, Rico-Toro is on the board of Baptist Health Foundation’s Miami Cancer Institute, and she’s involved with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Big Brothers Big Sisters and United Way.
Rico-Toro was born in Bolivia before moving to Washington DC with her family at 10-years-old. While still in high school, she was the first Bolivian finalist in The Miss Universe Padgett. Later, she graduated from Catholic University in Bolivia with degree in journalism and worked as a morning TV talk show host on one of Bolivia’s national networks.
These days, Rico-Toro makes headlines with her charity work and her art. Without any formal training, she paints with acrylics and oils, these days incorporating mixed media, such as black-and-white photography, glitter and sequins. She hosts art shows and is also commissioned for pieces.
Rico-Toro lives in Coral Gables with husband two children, ages 14 and 12 and her rescue chihuahua, Prince.