Colombia’s most well-known artist, Fernando Botero, who was identified for his voluptuous depictions of individuals and animals, has died, President Gustavo Petro introduced. He was 91.
“Fernando Botero, the painter of our traditions and defects, the painter of our virtues, has died,” the Colombian president posted on social media, with out offering particulars on the reason for demise.
In line with Colombian media retailers, which unanimously remembered Botero on Friday morning as “the best Colombian artist of all time”, his well being had vastly deteriorated prior to now days and he was affected by pneumonia.
Botero’s works of plump and barely surreal types turned enormously widespread throughout his lifetime, on show in museums and public areas in cities all over the world, together with Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Singapore and Venice.
Heralded as South America’s reply to Picasso, Botero additionally tackled violence and political subjects, together with Colombia’s internal conflicts, in addition to portraying day by day life.
Born in Medellin in 1932, his signature model was generally known as “Boterismo” and he’s thought of one of many biggest artists of the twentieth century.
Though extensively identified for his massive topics, Botero insisted his items weren’t centered on physique sort. “I don’t paint fats ladies,” he instructed Spain’s El Mundo newspaper in 2014. “Nobody believes me, but it surely’s true.
“I’m considering quantity, the sensuality of the shape. If I paint a girl, a person, a canine or a horse, I do it with quantity.”
Though he lived most of his life in Europe and the USA, his work was populated by plump bullfighters, intercourse employees, and different characters that evoked his native Medellin.
“I painted Colombia all my life,” he as soon as mentioned. “The sort elements that I knew in childhood and adolescence.”
In an interview with the AFP information company to mark his eightieth birthday in 2012, Botero mentioned he usually considered demise. “It makes me unhappy to go away this world and to not be capable to work anymore as a result of I take loads of pleasure in my work,” he mentioned at the moment.
Botero’s work typically centered on Colombia’s long-running internal conflict – he painted the aftermath of a automotive bomb and a gaggle of partygoers menaced by males wielding automated weapons and bloody machetes.
He additionally created tongue-in-cheek portraits of public figures, together with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgent group founder Manuel Marulanda.
Botero additionally paid tribute to traditional work with witty rehashings – his model of the Mona Lisa is notably bloated in comparison with Da Vinci’s unique.
Nevertheless it was his collection of work concerning the Abu Ghraib prison scandal that generated dialogue throughout the artwork world and commanded international consideration.
The work, based mostly on victim accounts and photos taken of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US troopers, are express and harrowing.
The collection was exhibited all over the world, drawing tens of hundreds of viewers. The New York Occasions mentioned the work, whereas not masterpieces, “restore the prisoners’ dignity and humanity with out diminishing their agony”.
Botero’s remaining a long time as one of many world’s wealthiest artists had been a far cry from his humble beginnings. Fernando Botero Angulo, the son of a travelling salesman and a seamstress, was born on April 19, 1932 in Medellin.
As an artist, Botero sought to make his work accessible, donating over 200 works to create the Botero Museum in Bogota, which is free and receives half 1,000,000 guests a 12 months.
Greater than 100 of the items had been his personal, whereas others had been by masters together with Picasso, Dali and Monet. He gave one other 150 works to a Medellin museum and 23 of his sculptures are put in outdoors within the Plaza Botero.
Botero is survived by his spouse Sophia Vari, two sons and a daughter. One other son, aged 4, was killed in a automotive crash in 1974.