Fernando Botero

Trapezistas, 2007
Pencil on Paper, 39.5 x 29 cm


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About the artwork

Circus figures are commonly drawn by Botero as collective fragments of his study on people. Trapezistas shows two male trapezistas abreast each other, with similar outfits, postures and expressions. Individual character is not bestowed upon them as they occur to be similar, just like how typical trapeze artists are usually presented. The hindering demeanour of this painting lies in the corpulent twin, as they appear too cumbersome to perform stunts they are known for. Botero repositions our stereotypical idea of trapeze artists to be buoyant and airy, and how our perception shifts when we identify with something that seems inappropriate.

About the artist

Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Fernando Botero is an artistic living legend of our times. A prolific artist and creator of the signature style ‘Boterismo’, the artist’s rounded musings have made him a global figure in the contemporary art world, and the artistic ambassador of Colombian pursuit. Rounded from convention, distinctive in spite of the commonplace, and tied to Colombian history and heritage - his curvaceous forms have reached monumental heights, and are collected by major museums, corporations and private collectors all over the world, including the United States, Korea, and Mexico City, to name a few.

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