BOTERO AT BERKELEY: A Conversation With the Artist


Fernando Botero in conversation with UC Berkeley Professor and former Poet Laureate Robert Hass.

On January 29, 2007, the Center for Latin American Studies opened the Abu Ghraib exhibit with a rare public conversation with Fernando Botero about his life and art. Robert Haas, a UC Berkeley professor of English who was Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995–97, spoke with Mr. Botero about issues ranging from the process of painting to his life as a young man in Colombia; from artistic influences on his work to how the Abu Ghraib paintings and drawings came to be; from light and shadow on the canvas to moral issues in the world.

Fernando Botero
Robert Hass
Publication date: 
January 9, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article