Artist Of the week: Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero Angulo (born April 19, 1932)born in Medellin Colombia.
"By combining Renaissance and Baroque painting techniques with the colonial tradition of Latin America, Botero creates a figurative painting style that is universal in its appeal. He captures intimate moments in life - a woman bathing, a men's card game or a family posing for a photograph - depicting plump, nonchalant figures in everyday scenes.
Mr. Botero studied in Madrid at the San Fernando Academy, and in Florence where he learned the fresco techniques of the Italian masters."
Botero explains his use of these "large people", as they are often called by critics, in the following way:
"An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it."