After undergoing a complete refurbishment, Opera Gallery London reopens its doors to launch an exhibition featuring works by Fernando Botero. Born in Medellin, Colombia, in 1932, Fernando Botero is known for his unique style, featuring oversized and voluptuous characters, be it people, animals or even elements of the landscape.
Since Opera Gallery first opened in 1994, the works of Fernando Botero have always been represented in our collections, displayed in our galleries and proposed to our collectors worldwide. This new exhibition, though, is his first solo exhibition at Opera Gallery London. Through a selection of paintings, works on paper and sculptures, the exhibition highlights some of Fernando Botero’s most favoured themes, including the Latino-American society and family, nudity and femininity and the brothels, and it invites viewers to discover a universe of abundance and modest sensuality.
“Sculptures permit me to create real volume... One can touch the forms, one can give them smoothness the sensuality that one wants.” Fernando Botero
About the artist
At the age of 12, Fernando Botero - son of a Colombian travelling salesman - received training as a matador alongside his usual school education. Botero's first major subject in his early paintings was the ring. In 1948 the artist had his first exhibition with other painters from his home province of Antioquía in Medellín.
In 1951 Botero moved to Bogotá, where he met the Colombian avant-garde surrounding at the Café 'Automatic'. After his studies at the 'Academia San Fernando' and the Prado museum in Madrid, the artist went to Italy, where he studied art history from 1953. Two years later Botero returned to Bogotá.
The artist was appointed professor of painting at the Bogotá Art Academy and gradually became the most important young artist in Colombia. In 1960 he moved to New York and won the Guggenheim National Prize for Colombia. www.operagallery.com/ang/artist/fernando-botero
About Opera Gallery
Founded in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, the Opera Gallery Group ‐ now internationally established with 11 galleries in the world ‐ is one of the rare international art gallery networks with locations on several continents: North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Since its creation, Opera Gallery Group has always strived to offer its international collectors unique access to a diversity of multicultural artists, from the works of Modern Masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet, Henri Matisse, Lucio Fontana or Andy Warhol, just to name a few, to the most sought‐after contemporary artists (Marc Quinn, Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun, David Mach, Gérard Rancinan, Lita Cabellut, Joe Black, among others). www.operagallery.com