Throughout 30 still life works representing flowers, fruit, objects, musical instruments and fantastic scenes of everyday moments, Fernando Botero pays tribute to the Old Master paintings he studied as a young student in Europe during the 1950s. In 1956, Botero painted Still Life With Mandolin, the very incarnation of the artist’s interest in the age-old tradition of still life painting. The play of proportions and the distortion of volumes in this work marks a turning point in his career.
Fernando Botero (born in 1932 in Medellín, Colombia) is a figurative artist and painter. His signature style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale is today instantly recognisable. His first retrospective took place in 1970 in Germany at museums in Baden Baden, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. His work is held in important museum collections troughout the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; The Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland and Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.