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Fernando Botero
The Ringmaster

Pencil on Paper
39 x 28cm


The artist diffuses his concepts through drawings, showing how curves embrace gracefulness by depicting round figures in motion, engaging in elegant, agile actions such as moving in circles or dancing. Here, the artist represents a ringmaster, the most visible performer in the modern circus who manages the performances and introduces the various acts. The man of the show, he stands resplendent in his costume, the master of ceremony of Botero's atypical world and circus of round performers. In this drawing of a circus ringmaster, the inflated body proportions make the figure appear bulky and clumsy, unlike how a frisky ringmaster is supposed to be. He pulls a jaded face, capitulated to the surroundings with a lack of motion, creating a stark contradiction to his dressing. In this study, Botero examines ‘fat’ figures in roles of our society, as a circus ringmaster whom we expect to be lean and agile. The work conjures us to think about how we view its appropriateness, whether it conforms to our outlooks. To offer redress for the situation, Botero imbeds motion into the figure through the whip and rope around the ringmaster.

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  • +Artist Bio

    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. Read More

  • +Exhibitions

    Fernando Botero: Monumental Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
    Via Crucis: The Passion of Christ, Museum of Antioquia, Medellín, Columbia.
    Fernando Botero: disegnatore e scultore, PartArt, Pietrasanta, Italy.
    Fernado Botero. Una celebración, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.

    Botero, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria.
    The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, United States.
    Fernando Botero, Via Crucis: The Passion of Christ, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States.

    Botero, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.
    Fernando Botero, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York, United States.
    Inaurgural Exhibition: Fernando Botero, David Benrimon Gallery, New York, New York, United States.

    2010 - 2011
    Botero, Galeria Mundo, Bogotá, Colombia.
    Botero in LA: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture, Tasende Gallery, West Hollywood, California, United States.
    Fernando Botero: Monumental Sculptore, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York, United States.
    Fernando Botero: Monumental Sculpture, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York, United States.
    Botero: Paintings and Drawings, The Vered Art Gallery, New York, New York, United States.
    Fernando Botero: Exposition de sculptures monumentales, The City of Saint-Tropez & Marlborough Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Monaco.
    The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, United States.

    El Dolor de Colombia, Pinacoteca Diego Rivero, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
    Fernando Botero: Gente del circo, Contini Art Gallery, Venice, Italy.
    Fernando Botero, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany.
    Fernando Botero, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Deoksu Palace, Seoul, Korea.
    Fernando Botero: The Circus, James Goodman Gallery, Inc., New York, New York, United States.
    The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.
    2009 - 2010Fernando Botero: The Abu Ghraib Series, The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, United States.
    Testimonios de la barbarie, El Museo Nacional de Mexico, Tlaxcala, Mexico. el Ministerio de Cultura, de ese país, y las autoridades culturales de Tlaxcala

    Fernando Botero, The Circus Series, Galerie Gmurzynska, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. traveled to Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd., London, England (through 2009)
    Abu Ghraib-El Circo, Casa das Artes de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain

    Botero in Berlin, Lustgarten on the Museumsinsel, Berlin, Germany.
    2007 - 2011The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Québec, Canada. traveled to the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
    Fernando Botero, Kunsthalle Würth, Künzelsau, Baden-Würrtemberg, Germany.
    Botero - Oeuvres récentes, Marlborough Monte carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
    Botero, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy.

    Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York, United States. traveled to University of California, Berkeley, California; Katzen Center of Art, American University, Washington DC; Monterrey, Mexico; Spain (through 2008)
    Fernando Botero, Athens Concert Hall, Athens, Greece.

    Fernando Botero - The Last 15 Years, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy.
    Fernando Botero, Kunsthalle Würth, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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