What’s on Our Nightstands: Juan Carlos Botero’s “El arte de Fernando Botero”

In El arte de Fernando Botero (Planeta 2010, 2011), Juan Carlos Botero— Fernando Botero’s son—outlines his father’s place in contemporary art, examines the main themes in his work, and discusses his artistic principles. The book was presented at this year’s International Book Fair in Bogota in early May. I recently had the opportunity to see many of his works at the Botero Museum in Bogota, and noticed that many of his paintings were produced in Cartagena, portraying images and characters from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. In my opinion, Botero carries this “Caribbean sensibility” with him to all the places where has lived and painted—Colombia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, the United States. . .

Book Description: Fernando Botero has presented his work on three continents, has exhibited in museums around the world and has been widely applauded by critics. What explains the success and importance of this Colombian artist? This book tries to decipher the career of the sculptor and painter, who has created a unique style characterized by voluminous shapes and forms full of voluptuousness. His relevance, as evinced by Juan Carlos Botero, is due to his ability to work tirelessly; his control of various techniques; the richness of his characters; a production rooted in the great traditions of universal painting, particularly the Italian Renaissance; and the fact that his art delights [his audience] and transcends borders. The book delves into the issues that shape Botero’s work, the different stages of his creative process, his aesthetic convictions, and the variety of techniques he uses masterfully (sculpture, painting and drawing). [. . .] These pages decipher Botero’s aesthetics and explain his universality, while bringing us closer to a work whose purpose is to create beauty and to produce pleasure. They portray a great master who works tirelessly, seeking new answers to the eternal questions posed by art.

Fernando Botero was born in 1932 in Medellín, Colombia. He became interested in painting at an early age. Botero’s distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale is instantly recognizable. It reflects “the artist’s constant search to give volume, presence, and reality.”

For original description (in Spanish), see http://www.editorialplaneta.com.co/descripcion_libro/7099

For full biography, see http://rogallery.com/Botero/Botero-bio.htm

For related news, see Dominican Republic: Fernando Botero Exhibition and post on Botero’s wife, Greek artist Sophia Vari, at Sophia Vari sculptures, Cartagena de Indias

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