ART: The Art of Fernando Botero


UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum Peter Selz discusses Fernando Botero's artistic trajectory.

“Museums are afraid to show works that reveal the truth.” So claimed Professor Peter Selz in a lecture inspired by the exhibition of Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s “Abu Ghraib” series organized by the Center for Latin American Studies last spring. The University of California, Berkeley was the first public institution in the United States to show the powerful series. The approximately 100 drawings and oil paintings resulted from Botero’s shock and rage at what had happened at that Iraqi prison. As part of a series of talks related to the exhibit, Selz examined Botero’s development as an artist in relation to topics of violence and considered the importance of the paintings today.

Sarah Moody
Publication date: 
August 21, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article