London Art@Site Fernando Botero Broadgate Venus

Fernando Botero


Broadgate Venus

Exchange Square
Fernando Botero was born April 19, 1932, in MedellĂ­n, Colombia. He was heavily influenced by the Spanish Colonial art that surrounded him as a child. In 1960 Botero moved to New York. His easily recognisable paintings of round, corpulent humans and animals became well known to the American art world. In the early '70s Botero moved to Paris and began creating sculptures in addition to painted works on canvas. During the 1980s, Botero's work became quite popular and began to command a high price in the marketplace. In 1992 one of his paintings depicting a brothel scene sold for $1.5 million, a record for a Botero at auction. The five_ton bronze nude, Broadgate Venus, is one of his largest outdoor pieces.
The 5 ton Broadgate Venus created by Fernando Botero placed here in Exchange Square in 1990. Bang in the middle of the business area. Does she represent the excesses of business or a comment on the size zero women one is more likely to see in this district? This is a Monday to Friday area. During the weekend nothing is open and the square is generally isolated.