Art World is Celebrating 90 Years of Botero


HOUSTON, TX (March 2022) – Art of the World Gallery is delighted to announce its special spring exhibition in honor of maestro Fernando Botero’s 90th birthday this year. | Being Houston’s most important exhibition, aside from the museum shows by MFAH or The Menil Collection, during the past decade: “Celebrating 90 Years of Botero”. The exceptional event will host an individual exhibit presenting a vast and outstanding prominent selection of artworks comprised of drawings, paintings, and sculptures, many of them available for the first time to aficionados art collectors. The curation will consist of distinctive compositions from different periods, themes, and varied in dimensions; scales from small to monumental in both wall art and sculptural pieces. The astonishing solo show is unveiled to the public on Friday, March 18th, 2022. It will be on view until May 31st, 2022, at 2201 Westheimer Rd. Houston, 77098.

Celebrating 90 Years of Botero” presents the Texas art community an extraordinary occasion to appreciate an impressive exhibition by the ‘Master of Volume’ and the best opportunity to acquire an important artwork from the most acclaimed living Latin-American artist: Fernando Botero. 

The notable show includes pieces created in the early decades of Botero’s career, such as the 60’s, when he defined his style and represented his influence from the French impressionist movement. |  Starring in the show, the only polyptych ever made and the largest oil painting ever created by the Master of Volume, accomplished during his golden period in the 90’s, “La Calle – The Street.” Compared to a mural, the scene of a traditional setting in Latin America has called the attention of many serious art collectors and attracted offers for as high as $ 14 million dollars at events such as the 2021 Art Miami Fair, yet the masterpiece remains up for grabs. |  Never-seen-before paintings created during COVID-19 pandemic era (2019 – 2021) | Iconic sculptures, from small to incredible monumental sizes displaying – medium in which recently achieved an auction sales record of $ 4,320,000 USD for Man on a Horse, sold at Christie’s New York (March 2022).

The inspiration for Botero’s art is his native city of Medellín. Over the years, it began to encompass not only his country, Colombia, but also the entire continent of Latin America. –  Botero said, “As I am very Latin American in my way of being, and obviously as I have a great interest in all that is ours, well, the topics are Latin American. There has also been a passion in my life for pre-Columbian art that you can see in my work: there you feel that interest in Peruvian, Colombian, Mexican art, etc. […] A European could not do what I do, and I could not do what Europeans do; you are marked by the years you live in your country […].”

Houston’s art scene has grown tremendously in the past two years. With the MFAH’s Nancy and Richard Kinder Building and this 2022 celebration of the 20th anniversary of Latin American art as a landmark for the city; Celebrating 90 years of Botero’s exhibition underlines the importance of the Latin American heritage not only in the Texas art community but and globally for the history of art.