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José María Cao, who also signed with Democrito II, is considered one of Argentina's most important caricaturists. Born in Galice, Spain, he was active with ceramics and sculpting from the age of 15. In 1886, he left Spain and settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he did lithographies and contributions to the country's most prominent political magazines, such as Don Quichotte. He eventually left that magazine to begin his own paper, El Cid Campeador. He was also art director of La Bomba and an artist for La Nación, Revista Popular and Fray Mocho. Starting in 1898, he contributed to Caras y Caretas. Together with a couple of other artists, he left that magazine in 1912 to begin the art group PBT, for which he worked until his death in 1918.