Hello today I will be showing you a presentation about my artist Fernando Botero
He grew up in Medellin. It is a very mountainous city. It is to the north of Colombia’s capital city,Bogota He is now currently 78 years old When he was four his father died of an unexpected heart attack. This caused him to fear death for the rest of his life Since his father died it was very hard for his mother to find a job that would pay enough to support the family. During his childhood there was not enough money for extras and he felt as if he was poor.
Bullfighting was introduced to Colombia by Spanish Conquistadors. It was and still is a common form of entertainment for kids and adults a like When growing up Botero would visit his best friend’s house and he would sit and analyze the modern art paintings in the house for hours. He was marveled by the unique way that each artist was able to convey a message through abstract images. Today, Botero has pieces of his work hanging in galleries from his home town to Hong Kong. This is the greatest amount of locations a Colombian painter has ever had his art work in.
The Bogotazo was a riot that occurred after a very popular presidential candidate was murdered. Violence was everywhere. La Violenca is an example of one of the largest Gorilla wars that occurred in Colombia. These wars were fought between soldiers in the country sides and people in there own homes. All of these violent events have influenced Botero to create more gruesome depictions such as the one I have shown here. In this image a group of people who were having a party were attacked by fellow towns people with all different kinds of weapons leaving some people dead.
Botero’s famous art style can been seen in his recreation of the Monalisa. As you can see he uses size exaggerations. He was the first painter to officially use large characters through out all of his art work. Rafael Saenz was a Costarican painter who taught Botero how to paint the elderly in a beautiful way. These lessons were the ones that truly inspired Botero to interpret beauty through size.
Botero painted lots of common day situations.These could include a party or someone working. He normally used a natural color pallet that made sense with the image that he was creating He also would use the same color in more than one place to connect the different parts of the painting He would always include size exaggeration. This was most commonly seen in people but could also be seen in objects And lastly Botero would most frequently paint still lifes and portraits, but he also has landscapes in his collection
The men In this portrait are mining for emeralds. This is a common country side job for Colombian’s because Colombia is one of the number one exporters of emeralds. Botero used exaggeration of size with the men but also with the mountains in the background. The mountains have a more round appearance than normal mountains would look. Also, he used normal colors in this painting.
In this portrait, Botero used a horse as a form of transportation. The man and the horse are excessively large and the back ground is very small. This is one of the techniques Botero used to make his main image look even bigger than the it truly was. In this painting, the colors are very well matched and natural
this landscape shows a common little Colombian town. This style of architecture was gained from the Spanish. The houses usually had clay or mud roof shingles and the walls of the houses were made of cement that was then painted over with a neutral color. Here Botero uses a different form of exaggeration of size. Instead of exaggerating the person or dog in this case he exaggerated the church in the background. This is a great example of how Botero used the same colors in multiple places. As you can see all the roof tops are brown and all the house fixtures are green.
In this still life you can see Botero painted large yet common day desserts such as ice cream and chocolate cake. Also, Botero used the same colors for some objects. For example the ice cream and the cake plate are both orange.
in the painting that I created, I depict a large piano with a wine glass and bottle on top if it. The piano is sitting in the living room of a house. I copied Botero’s style of making exaggerating the size of objects by rounding the corners of the piano and the rug. For the wine glass and bottle, I just made then wider than they would usually be to give them that large illusion. Along with the size, I also used his reoccurring color technique. You can see that the color of the wine is the same color of the wall in the back and that the floor was the same color as the picture frame.
- As I previously explained, my still life shares the same exaggeration of size as a painting by Botero. Since I had to paint everything large, I had to make sure that all the items were recognizable y adding lots of little details. That meant that I had to learn how to capture all of the little details in the objects. Along with all of the detail, I think that the most important part of my painting was the color scheme that I chose. The colors set the mood for the painting and finished showing the detail necessary to make out what the images were. With my lack of experience in painting I seem to have made many brush strokes that are distracting to the eye of the person who is looking at the painting because they are very messy.
Does any one have any questions?
Fernando Botero By Luisa Escallon
Vital Statistics <ul><li>Born April 19,1932 in Medellin, Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Living </li></ul><ul><li>Father died in 1936 </li></ul><ul><li>Grew up in poverty </li></ul>
Personal Background <ul><li>His first passion were bulls and bullfighting </li></ul><ul><li>First encountered modern art at his friends house </li></ul><ul><li>He is now the Colombian Artist with the most international recognition </li></ul>
Key Historical Events <ul><li>The Bogotazo;April 9,1948 </li></ul><ul><li>Constant Gorilla wars between the Liberal and Conservative parties </li></ul><ul><li>La Violenca (the violence) 1946-1957 </li></ul>
Influence of the Art World <ul><li>He created and entire new style of painting </li></ul><ul><li>Showed beauty through largeness </li></ul><ul><li>He was influenced by Rafael Sanez </li></ul>
Stylistic Traits <ul><li>Everyday Life </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform and natural color pallet </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration and and change of scale </li></ul><ul><li>Still life, portraits, and landscapes </li></ul>
Example Art #1 <ul><li>Everyday Life: working </li></ul><ul><li>Portrait </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration: Large men and landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Natural colors </li></ul>Esmeralderos,1996
Example Art #2 <ul><li>Everyday Life: transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Portrait </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration: large man and horse, small landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Natural colors </li></ul>Hombre a caballo, 1998
Example Art #3 <ul><li>Everyday Life: Common Colombian town </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration: Size of church in background </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform colors: same colors </li></ul><ul><li>seen in many places </li></ul>Pueblo,1995
Example Art #4 <ul><li>Everyday Life: Normal desserts </li></ul><ul><li>Still Life </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration: Size of desserts </li></ul><ul><li>Natural and reoccurring </li></ul><ul><li>colors </li></ul>Naturaleza Muerta con Elado, 1990
My Original Art Work <ul><li>Everyday Life: A living room </li></ul><ul><li>Still Life </li></ul><ul><li>Exaggeration: Size of piano, wine glass and bottle, and rug </li></ul><ul><li>Uniform Colors: Same colors </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>The still life that I created shares the same exaggeration of size as Botero’s paintings </li></ul><ul><li>I have learned how to paint common day items in detail </li></ul><ul><li>The principal strength of my art work is the color scheme </li></ul><ul><li>The principal weakness of my painting </li></ul><ul><li>are the brush stokes </li></ul>