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- A great artist is born from a profound knowledge of the tradition and problems of painting. However, there are many works in which freshness and audacity surprise, as can be seen in popular art and in certain examples of modern art.
- On the influence of culture on an artist in “Interview With Fernando Botero” in HuffPost (2017 Dec 6)
- The only duty an artist has is in the quality of the art. There is no moral obligation to denounce. An artist confronted with a tremendous injustice sometimes feels inclined to say something. Denouncing the situation is the artist’s choice.
- On whether an artist should paint about injustices in “Interview With Fernando Botero” in HuffPost (2017 Dec 6)
- My subject matter is Colombia and it has always been Colombia; I lived many years in New York, in Paris, and I have never had the feeling to paint an American or a French subject matter. The thing is that the art - and the artist - must have roots in his own land, in his own life: my life is in Colombia, and my land is Colombia. Now, of course, the language that you use to express the subject matter must be universal: the composition, the colour, the balance, etc. In this sense, subject must be local, but the language must be universal, in order to touch any human being in the world…
- On staying with Colombia as his subject matter in “Interview: Fernando Botero” in TimeOut Shanghai (2016 Feb 25)
- Some people love my work, some people hate it…You can’t be liked by everybody. There has been opposition in some places. I represent the opposite of what is happening in art today. But I don’t complain. It hasn’t hurt my career. I’m happy to have the success I have had.
- On the reactions to his work in “Botero: ‘You Can’t Be Liked By Everybody’” in ARTnews (2013 Jan 30)