Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fernando Botero

Born in Medellin, Columbia, Fernando Botero will always be known for his eye raising paintings and sculptures. Botero’s work is like one of no other artist which is why there is actually style of art named after him, Boterismo. I feel that Botero’s work is so incredibly unique that not only art fans but everybody should see at least one of his works. His work on still-life and landscape figures all carry one specific quality about them that right away can be depicted as one of his pieces. Botero is known for his style of painting and sculpting his figures to be “fat”. His abstract work includes choosing specific colors, shapes, and especially sizes of objects he is working with. I feel that Botero’s work is compelling because there was never really anything like it before. His robust and inflated art pieces are often created for a humorous purpose, however some of his works give important political and social criticisms. One of my favorite pieces from him is the Mona Lisa. Botero takes arguably one of the most influential works of art coming from one of the most influential artist in history and simply paints a more voluptuous/fat version. Fernando Botero is an artist who truly goes against the grain when creating his art. Known as “the most Colombian of Columbian artists” Botero was able to bring a new style of art to the table that everyone needs to see. 

"An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it." – Fernando Botero 

The website: gives about everything you need to know about Fernando Botero. This includes a biography, Art Pieces, books, films, ect. The page talks about his “distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale…” Botero is represented as a great influential artist whose paintings, sculptures and drawings are exhibited all around the world. The website posted here goes further into the works of art Botero has created. This includes all of his sculptures, paintings, drawings, and even his work on paper. The website gives detailed descriptions on the time the piece was made, the exact name of the piece, and also what gallery the work of art is located in.

This last article talks more in depth of the style Botero uses. The article mentions how Botero was influenced by the naturalist portraiture Diego Velasquez’ work. Botero developed a style that was both an artistic tradition altered to his specifications. The page talks about his importance in contemporary art and how he made his own clean, distinct and unwavering style of art with both substance and meaning.