Fernando Botero“Art is a permanent accusation” Laura Orozco HUM 2461
Fernando Botero...Botero is a Colombian artist known for depicting a women’sbeauty differently than many other’s would. The popular work ofLatin Americas most celebrated living artist, Fernando Botero,is instantly recognizable. His paintings, sculptures, drawings andprints have been exhibited around the world. Two of Boterosbronze nudes decorate the entrance hall of the Time-Warner Centerin New York City, and a multi-ton cat of his prowls outside anapartment building further uptown. Several major museums havepurchased his works for their permanent collections, and hispaintings of circus life were displayed in Venice and in Zurich.
• On April 19th, 1932 Fernando Botero was born in Medellin, Capital of the department of Antioquia in Colombia. His parents were David Botero (1895-1936) and Flora Angulo De Botero (1898-1972). His father, David, was an energetic businessman who traveled around the neighboring provinces on horseback. ("Bio True Story")His mother, Flora, was a creative women known for her skill at handcrafts. An uncle took a major role in his life. Although isolated from art as presented in museums and other cultural institutes, Botero was influenced by the Baroque style of the colonial churches and then the rich life of the city. Botero studied in the Ateneo Antioqueno primary school and attended the Boliviarana high school. He also attended the Liceo San Jose and the Normal de Marinilla high schools. He paid for most of his education by drawing for the sunday supplement of El Colombiano newspaper. Botero, as did many artists of the time, decided to go to Europe to study the work of the Master’s. He studied in Madrid, Spain, at the Academy of San Fernando, where he created work in the style of Velazquea and Goya, as well as in Florence, Italy, where he learned the fresco techniques of the Italian masters. In 1956 he taught at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Bogota, Colombia and traveled to Mexico City to study the work of Rivera and Orozco. There, his experience with Muralism greatly influenced his future direction as an artist.