Fernando Botero

Botero. Tribute.

Exactly 20 years ago, the master Fernando Botero gave to the city of Medellín in Colombia a large donation of works of art that today are a source of pride and part of the Colombian cultural
heritage, a collection like few in Latin America that is visited by travelers from all over the world, and that has put Medellín on the cultural horizon of the continent. In sync with this celebration, the Duque Arango Gallery joins this year of commemorations to the great Colombian masters, honoring the life and work of its most important representative and international ambassador, Fernando Botero (Medellín, 1932).

This exhibition is composed of drawings, paintings, and sculptures made by Botero between 1969 and 2018, each decade exemplified with representative pieces from each of these periods.
As if it were a modest retrospective of those six decades, this show includes emblematic works from series such as bullfighting (with El picador and La estocada from 1984), the circus (with two pieces from 2007), portraits, female nudes, still lifes, versions of art history (a tribute to Velázquez from 1975), and his reminiscences of the Antioquia of his youth Furthermore, to complement this broad panorama that can be recognized in its recurring themes, the works presented here are made in almost all the media worked by Botero throughout his life,
ranging from oil on canvas, watercolor, drawing, and pastel on paper, bronze sculpture and a spectacular terracotta bust. This compendium of works (some of which are exhibited for the first time in Colombia) were all made by the artist in his different ateliers in New York, Monaco, Paris and Pietrasanta.

Thus, this exhibition-tribute manages to produce a complete panorama of his production in terms of themes, artistic techniques and periods represented, thus allowing us to understand the process of his tireless and prolific work, and also the cosmopolitan character of his production, that value that precisely He deserves all his recognition and makes him an artist of universal stature.

Christian Padilla
Art historian

Video Fernando Botero - Six decades (1969 - 2018)

El Gato

Date: 1969
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 136 x 96

Fernando Botero - La Estocada - Galería Duque Arango

La estocada

Date: 1984
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 198 x 140

Fernando Botero - Hombre Fumando 2 - Galería Duque Arango

Hombre fumando

Date: 1986
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 45.5 x 62.5

Fernando Botero - La tejedora - Galería Duque Arango

La tejedora

Date: 1988
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 172 x 114

- Galería Duque Arango


Date: 2003
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 100 x 75

Mujer de pie

Mujer de pie

Date: 2003
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 121.9 x 98.4

Fernando Botero - Hombre Fumando - Galería Duque Arango

Hombre fumando

Date: 2011
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 97 x 71

Fernando Botero - Bañista en el Río - Galería Duque Arango

Acto de circo

Date: 2017
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 82.5 x 112

Fernando Botero - Bañista en el Río - Galería Duque Arango

Bañista en el Río

Date: 2018
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 99 x 134

Retrato de mujer

Date: 2007
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 56 x 40

Buenos días

Date: 2006
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 130.2 x 150.5

Fernando Botero - Terracota - Galería Duque Arango

Cabeza de mujer

Date: 1987
Technique: Terracotta
Size cm: 44 x 34 x 30

Fernando Botero - El sueño - Galería Duque Arango

Mujer reclinada

Date: 1978
Technique: Bronze sculpture
Size cm: 19 x 34 x 20

Fernando Botero - Circus act - Galería Duque Arango

El Sueño

Date: 1980
Technique: Bronze
Size cm: 67 x 30 x 31


Date: 1983
Technique: Bronze
Size cm: 44 x 24 x 17

Fernando Botero - Juan calabazas - Galería Duque Arango

Juan Calabazas

Date: 1975
Technique: Mixed
Size cm: 76 x 56

Fernando Botero - Mujer reclinada - Galería Duque Arango

Serie del circo

Date: 2007
Technique: Mixed on craft paper
Size cm: 40.5 x 31

El perro

Date: 1988
Technique: Pencil on paper
Size cm: 34.3 x 48.9

Dama de Sociedad

Date: 1973
Technique: Pastel on paper
Size cm: 160 x 120


Naturaleza muerta con sandía

Date: 1980-1985
Technique: Sanguine and watercolor on paper
Size cm: 35.5 x 45.5

Mujer Vestida por Hanai Mori

Date: 1981
Technique: Watercolor on canvas paper
Size cm: 160 x 118