Sensuality and Melancholy, consists of 45 works and takes visitors on a journey through Botero’s artistic oeuvre dating back to his very first creations in the 1960s. Displayed from March 10th to September 3rd at Fundacion Bancaja, the exhibition has been curated by María Oropesa and its presentation was attended by the president of Fundacion Bancaja, Rafael Alcón and the gallery owner, Luis Fernando Pradilla. The Colombian artist is highly esteemed on the international art scene and well-known for challenging contemporary stylistic currents. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures, most of them being presented for the first time in Valencia.

The exhibition is divided into five sections which represent the central motifs of his work; some of which include carnival and dance, still life, nudity, feminine universe and the open air. The themes are closely related to the artist’s Colombian roots and demonstrate the importance of human relations. Within Botero’s compositions, he creates a powerful overlap of art history and everyday life.

The exhibition also includes the screening of the documentary ‘El mundo rotundo de Fernando Botero’, from the programme ‘Imprescindibles’, on loan from RTVE.  To accompany the exhibition, a catalogue has been published that features the reproduction of the exhibited works alongside texts by the curator and the director of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid.

Influenced by European art, Mexican muralists and Picasso, Botero has a unique artistic talent. His artwork incorporates vibrant colours and pushes the boundaries of spatial arrangements. Don’t miss the chance to view these compositions at Fundacion Bancaja that are full of Colombian essence and act as profound reflections on the human race.

Report by Imogen Hockings

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