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Fernando Botero: El Maestro

DATE: Oct. 7 - March 31
TIME: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
PRICE: Included with Garden admission or membership

Harmony of color and beauty of form come together in this exhibition of paintings, drawings and monumental sculpture celebrating the visionary Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. As a poet of daily life in Latin America and a pioneer of figurative art, Botero created art for more than 60 years, in a unique, sumptuous style that is immediately recognizable known as “Boterismo”. Experience the Maestro’s artistic creations in the Garden and in Dorrance Hall, with an expanded gallery space that takes an intimate look at his influences, motivations and working methods.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California which is dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latin art. “We are excited to work with Desert Botanical Garden to bring a unique and immersive experience that celebrates Botero’s indelible contributions to the realm of Latin American Art, and we couldn’t be more delighted to showcase his artwork surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Sonoran Desert,” Lourdes I. Ramos-Rivas, Ph.D., President & CEO MOLAA.

Fernando Botero, a renowned Colombian figurative artist and sculptor, established himself as one of the most globally recognized artists of our time. With his distinctive style and mastery of form, Botero’s influence extends far beyond Latin America. His works enrich prominent locations worldwide, including the illustrious Park Avenue in New York City and the iconic Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Botero’s spectacular artwork can be found in more than 200 museums worldwide, and garden exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the New York Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

The Garden is saddened to hear of the passing of Fernando Botero on September 15, 2023. Art has the power to touch the soul and unite us all, and his legacy will forever shine as a beacon of creativity.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California which is dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latin art. 

Image provided by MOLAA. Photograph by: Yubo Dong / ofstudio photography

Instagram: @ofphotostudio 

Only service dogs will be allowed inside the Fernando Botero: The Master exhibit in Dorrance Hall.

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Oct. 5: The Garden, Garden Shop, Gertrude’s and Patio Café will close at 3 p.m. for a special event, last admission is at 1:30 p.m.