It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Fernando Botero, one of the most beloved artists to emerge from Colombia and leave an indelible mark on the global art scene. At the age of 91, he has left us with a legacy that stretches far beyond his humble origins in Medellín. Botero’s distinctive style, with its plump and exaggerated forms, was immediately recognizable and celebrated. From politicians to animals, saints to scenes from his own childhood, he imbued his subjects with a whimsical and vibrant quality that captured the imagination of art lovers worldwide.
His work was displayed in galleries and museums across the globe, and his bronze sculptures could be seen towering in public spaces throughout Europe and Latin America. It’s no surprise that Botero achieved such widespread fame and influence in his lifetime, given his exceptional talent and unique perspective. But it’s worth noting that his success was a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft.
Botero never forgot where he came from and remained true to his artistic vision throughout his life. In doing so, he became an emblem of Colombian art and a beacon of inspiration to aspiring artists around the world. As we mourn his passing, we can take solace in the fact that Botero’s work will live on for generations to come. He has left us with a rich and varied legacy that encompasses not just his artistic creations, but his remarkable spirit and passion as well. May his memory continue to inspire us to create, to explore, and to see the world in new and exciting ways.
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2013 Winter Issue