In an interview published yesterday in Spanish newspaper El Mundo, 81-year-old Colombian artist Fernando Botero got very frank about the infamously full-figured subjects of his paintings and sculptures.
“I don’t paint fat women,” Botero said, according to a translation of the interview done by AFP. “Nobody believes me but it is true. What I paint are volumes. I am interested in volume, the sensuality of form. If I paint a woman, a man, a dog or a horse, I always do with this idea of the volume, it is not that I have an obsession with fat women.”
Botero’s interviewer Irene Hernandez Velasco even went so far as to ask him if he was attracted to rotund ladies. “No, no, not at all. I have been attached to three women, all of them skinny,” he replied.
In the same interview, Botero also spoke about his escape from a house fire this past January. “I woke up and we managed to get out, in the dark, without any light, with everything full of smoke and almost asphyxiated but we managed it,” Botero said. “It was terrible, 80 percent of the house burned down. It is a miracle I am alive.”
— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)