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Fields of Red by Orlando Agudelo-Botero
Artist: Orlando A.B. Agudelo-Botero
Dimension: 36" x 36" (original)
ORLANDO AGUDELO-BOTERO was born in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, South America, raised with eleven brothers and sisters and educated primarily in Jesuit boarding schools. At the age of three he showed early aptitude and interest in painting, but received no formal training in fine art. Developing according to his own creative instincts Orlando Agudelo-Botero emerged as a highly acclaimed artist with a unique and distinctive art style.
He left his native Colombia, South America at the age of 21 and moved to Los Angeles California where he attended English as a second language school. One year later, he visited Laguna Beach on a school field trip with the rest of his classmates. He decided to move to that coastal community and art colony and officially began to expose his art to an audience he had never experienced before. The immediate recognition of his artistic values became a meteoric rise for this artist. He first participated in Artexpo New York in 1983 and also Artexpo Miami in the early 1990s. Orlando now divides his time between the island of Oahu in Hawaii, Miami, Florida and Southern California.
An artist who brings humanism to contemporary art, Orlando's images are drawn from his psyche; they are felt rather than seen. Portraying the contemporary heart and soul, his art speaks eloquently with the same gentle intensity and quiet strength as its creator. As an artist whose genuine instincts motivate his search for artistic challenge and expression, Orlando is an acknowledged innovator who gives free rein to his natural instincts. "I enjoy experimenting with different materials and implements," he says. "I feel a need to take chances…to explore, to discover and to establish the new, creativity is the freedom of life." His artwork is a masterful fusion of texture, line, color and form. Bold strokes and even bolder colors illustrate the vigor and confidence with which he approaches his art. In his sweeping strokes one detects the exuberant movement of the artist himself, thus each line becomes an extension of his physical being, as well as his personality. "The first lines or brush strokes of my artwork are important," Orlando says. "They are spontaneous, authentic and an extension of my inner being and my relationship with the subject matter…everything else follows."
From his earliest exhibitions in his native Colombia, to his most recent exhibitions throughout the United States, Orlando Agudelo-Botero's career has been distinguished by Consistency. His themes throughout the years; Equilibrium - Luz - The Nobility of The Trees - Fronteras - The Windows of Tomorrow - Magic, The Jugglers - and his most resent exhibition The Golden Fields - have established his personal, spiritual and artistic quest for understanding and communicating his most basic human goals; individual realization and collective contribution. “Life is active energy framed by the concept of time in a biological creation connected to an evolutionary process. This allow us to obtain the necessary information in order to realize our human potential and to succeed in achieving what must be our main objective: To elevate our human condition and to stimulate mechanisms which direct us in a course of discovery of new schools of thought to better understand and advance our human species and its universal position”. His innovative creations and dramatic artwork serve as a vehicle for thought and reflection, his unique portrayal of the human condition lends dignity and balance to our existence.