Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday's Artist of the World (No. 7).....

Country- Colombia:
Colombia is a country that perhaps sometimes doesn't have the best reputation. Media reports spotlight and speak of all the violence, rebel problems, coca fields and kidnappings, but travelers' expectations are definitely shattered once there. Colombia is a country with vibrant cities such as Bogotá and Medellínas as well as beautiful port towns scattered along some of the most stunning coastlines of clear blue water. It is also filled with unspoilt mountains, jungle as well as stunning archaeological sites. The people and culture of Colombia are truly vibrant and alive.

Photos by Luz A. Villa

Artist- Fernando Botero:
Fernando Botero is a neo-figurative artist from Colombia, born in Medellín, Antioquia on April 19 1932. His work includes still-lives and landscapes, but Botero is best known for his portraits filled with inflated forms and exaggerated human figures. In his work, the artist exaggerates the proportions and the corpulence of the human body as well as animal figures. His Colombian upbringing as well as political and social stance are items that are present in his work. I am drawn, as probably are many, to his inflated forms as well as his use of color---I really like how each painting is so bold and forward.

2007 Oil on canvas 128 x 100 cm

Still Life with Watermelon
1992 Oil on canvas 95 x 116 cm

I really like this last image--great composition, wonderful subject matter and color. It looks like a really great birthday party....wish it were mine.

Feliz Cumpleaños
1971 Oil on canvas 44 x 150 cm

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