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Fernando Botero
The Dancers

Charcoal on Paper
35 x 42cm


The self titled ‘Most Colombian of all Colombian Artists’, Fernando Botero is an artist who revels in the common place, often exuding his formative distinctness as an attempt to depict significance through volume, to enlarge what is ordinary into proportions of pedantry appreciation. In his depictions of couples, Botero is seen to stray from expressions of adoration or any form of volatile emotion and, instead, projects images of familiarity and quiet companionship. In ‘The dancers’ the viewer is treated to an image of such a scene, where the couples are decidedly unglamorous and yet, in their gaze and the understated comfort of their grasp of one another is undoubtedly, the embodiment of love. By his exaggeration Botero questions the common conceptions love and transmutes the canons held by society and media on how a couple in love should be depicted. Not only does Botero attempt to redefine expression of emotion but also that of beauty, ask if questioning the viewer if this couple in love is any less beautiful than the star struck visions of established beauty they have learned to accept as standards.

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  • +Artist Bio

    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. Read More

  • +Exhibitions

    Fernando Botero: Monumental Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
    Via Crucis: The Passion of Christ, Museum of Antioquia, Medellín, Columbia.
    Fernando Botero: disegnatore e scultore, PartArt, Pietrasanta, Italy.
    Fernado Botero. Una celebración, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.

    Botero, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria.
    The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, United States.
    Fernando Botero, Via Crucis: The Passion of Christ, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.

    Botero, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.
    Fernando Botero, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York, United States.
    Inaurgural Exhibition: Fernando Botero, David Benrimon Gallery, New York, New York, United States.

    2010 - 2011
    Botero, Galeria Mundo, Bogotá, Colombia.
    Botero in LA: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, Tasende Gallery, West Hollywood, California, United States.
    Fernando Botero: Monumental Sculptore, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York, United States.
    Fernando Botero: Monumental Sculpture, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York, United States.
    Botero: Paintings and Drawings, The Vered Art Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
    Fernando Botero: Exposition de sculptures monumentales, The City of Saint-Tropez & Marlborough Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Monaco.
    The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, United States.

    El Dolor de Colombia, Pinacoteca Diego Rivero, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
    Fernando Botero: Gente del circo, Contini Art Gallery, Venice, Italy.
    Fernando Botero, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany.
    Fernando Botero, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Deoksu Palace, Seoul, Korea.
    Fernando Botero: The Circus, James Goodman Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, United States.
    The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.
    2009 - 2010Fernando Botero: The Abu Ghraib Series, The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, United States.
    Testimonios de la barbarie, El Museo Nacional de Mexico, Tlaxcala, Mexico. el Ministerio de Cultura, de ese país, y las autoridades culturales de Tlaxcala

    Fernando Botero, The Circus Series, Galerie Gmurzynska, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. traveled to Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd., London, England (through 2009)
    Abu Ghraib-El Circo, Casa das Artes de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain

    Botero in Berlin, Lustgarten on the Museumsinsel, Berlin, Germany.
    2007 - 2011The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec, Canada. traveled to the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
    Fernando Botero, Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau, Baden-Würrtemberg, Germany.
    Botero - Oeuvres récentes, Marlborough Monte carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
    Botero, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy.

    Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States. traveled to University of California, Berkeley, California; Katzen Center of Art, American University, Washington DC; Monterrey, Mexico; Spain (through 2008)
    Fernando Botero, Athens Concert Hall, Athens, Greece.

    Fernando Botero - The Last 15 Years, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy.
    Fernando Botero, Kunsthalle Würth, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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