Fernando Botero, Painter of Retards
An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it. – Fernando Botero, 1932-20??
Fernando Botero Angulo is totally famous — so famous, in fact, he calls himself “the most Colombian of Colombian artists”. He’s so proud of his Colombian heritage, he dropped his last name and moved to France! In 2005, he gained public recognition by exploiting the Abu Ghraib slumberparty. I love his art in a way that makes me a bad person.
He paints stocky people with large foreheads (aka fivehead), beady eyes, and blank expressions. Now, I’m not saying he’s obsessed with Down’s Syndrome. I’m just strongly suggesting it.
My first YouTube. Be Gentle. Music by Mindless Self Indulgence.
Further Reading: Wikipedia – Artchive.com – Making Fat Fun – Life Goes On (Botero’s fave sitcom)
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