|Artist Fernando Botero speaks this morning at an event at the Botero Collection museum in Bogotá.|
Botero has asserted over and over that his creations aren't really fat. They are, instead, 'voluminous', which may be a distinction without a difference. I've heard the artist say that it's his reality that's distorted, not his subjects. When one radio interviewer asked Botero whether he might one day create skinny subjects as a commentary on malnutrition, he rejected the idea, because his subjects aren't fat to start out with.
Perhaps the mystery will never be solved, which undoubtedly adds to the interest in Botero's work.
|Passers-by read a display about Botero's life across the street from the Botero Museum in Bogotá's La Candelaria neighborhood.|
|Bicyclists beside a fat man on a fat horse, near Bogotá's Central Cemetery. It is the only public Botero sculpture in Bogotá.|
|A plaque commemorating Botero, a life-long bullfighting fan, in Bogotá's Plaza de Toros Santamaria.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours