Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Arte para la gente: Botero on torture

Today marks Colombia's bicentennial Independence Day and in honor of the holiday we want to highlight one of the country's most renown artists.

For over half a century the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero have been displayed in galleries, museums, and even street areas worldwide. He is best known for his artwork depicting morbidly obese figures in different settings from a baby sitting on his mother's lap to a soldier riding a horse. In 2005, he took a strong turn towards the political with his Abu Ghraib collection consisting of roughly 185 drawings and paintings. In the following video Botero explains why he decided to such a series and how the violence of his homeland influenced his work:

Online Sources - YouTube, Wikipedia, artnet

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