Fernando Botero

Cat, 2005
Bronze, 44.5 x 23.2 x 35.6 cm

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About the artwork

In this piece, Botero depicts a cat in his signature bulbous, volumetric form. What may have been familiar to us now requires a double-take when trying to identify the creature; its features have been exaggerated such that it resembles almost a powerful, muscular puma. Carrying a humorous undertone, Cat stands proudly on all fours on top of a flat pedestal that is almost a jab at how we conventionally would perceive things.

About the artist

Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Fernando Botero is an artistic living legend of our times. A prolific artist and creator of the signature style ‘Boterismo’, the artist’s rounded musings have made him a global figure in the contemporary art world, and the artistic ambassador of Colombian pursuit. Rounded from convention, distinctive in spite of the commonplace, and tied to Colombian history and heritage - his curvaceous forms have reached monumental heights, and are collected by major museums, corporations and private collectors all over the world, including the United States, Korea, and Mexico City, to name a few.

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