Fernando Botero is quite simply Latin America’s best-known living artist. The 85-year-old Colombian’s paintings, drawings, and bronze and marble sculptures are all instantly recognisable.

Dominated by exaggerated, corpulent figures, his work contains many satirical references to Colombian culture. But it also has a universal appeal, being focused on characters and situtations, both public and private, that people everywhere on Earth can recognise.

Botero’s work is now going on show in a major exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by Dr Klaus Wolbert, the former director of Mathildenhöhe Institute in Germany, the selection reflects Botero’s artistic exploration of the human experience, imbued with his characteristic socio-political insight and ironic wit.

Entitled Everyday’s Poetry – Scenes from the Fullness of Life, the show will be held across three floors of exhibition space in Karaköy, Bankalar Street and will be on display at Anna Laudel Contemporary in Istanbul from 27 April to 25 June.

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Author: Tom May

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