'What makes watercolour special and different is that the light comes from the whiteness of the support. That's why some areas in the works are left unpainted. In contrary to that concept, most of the times in the oil paintings the colours cover all the surface.'–Fernando Botero
In this recent series, the artist uses the canvas itself in his artistic palette to comment on painting, instead of obscuring the support. As such, Botero highlights the physicality of the material and likewise his painted bodies, but not in a stark manner, rather a playful and serene celebration of human life and art.
Created in dialogue with European Old Masters and Latin American colonial baroque art, Fernando Botero's (b. 1932, Medellin) mature works exemplify the artist's interests and painterly technique. His iconic, voluminous forms are presented here as village musicians, plumb painters, statuesque newlyweds, gratified picnickers, floating ballet dancers and corpulent models.
Press release courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska.