Botero at Fairchild

Wednesday, February 13, 2008





 Coral Gables, FL, February 16 2008 - Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden proudly announces the opening of Botero at Fairchild.  Known for signature pieces that portray rotund figures with exaggerated proportions, sculptures by the famed Latin American Master Fernando Botero are on loan from Gary Nader Fine Art, a Miami gallery specializing in Latin American, modern and contemporary art. Botero at Fairchild will be on display from February 16, 2008, through May 31, 2008, at 10901 Old Cutler Road in Coral Gables, FL.

 "We are thrilled to share the work of such a celebrated artist," said Bruce Greer, Fairchild‘s president of the board of trustees.  "South Florida has a particular affection for Latin American art, and Botero is among the best."


The outdoor exhibition will feature ten of Botero‘s bronze sculptures, some reaching more than 14 feet high, and portraying the artist‘s signature human and animal corpulent figures.  Pieces from this exhibition have been shown in the world‘s major art centers, including Paris, Tokyo and Madrid.


"Botero is arguably the most famous living artist in the world at this point in time," said Gary Nader, owner of Gary Nader Fine Art. "To be able to set his works against the backdrop of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a new audience to experience is truly remarkable."


It was precisely Nader‘s passion for Fairchild Garden and Botero‘s art, combined with the tireless efforts of Fairchild‘s art committee that made this unprecedented exhibition available to the South Florida community. 


Botero, born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, is regarded as one of the world‘s greatest artists.  After completing his studies in art in Madrid, Florence and Mexico, Botero quickly rose through the ranks of international artists with exhibitions spanning the globe, the first in Bogota in 1951. In 1992, Botero became the first non-French artist to exhibit on Paris‘ famed Champs-Elysees, a career highlight.  


Botero‘s sculptures, like his paintings, are characterized by their elegant and highly-stylized forms and are known and appreciated throughout the world. Where some artists use color, Botero uses volume to the extreme. In doing so, he manages to capture a sense of scale, humanity, sensuality and humor in his work.


Since the 1930s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has emphasized the expansion of plant knowledge through publications, education programs, and research. In recent years, Fairchild botanical and environmental research programs have been funded by grants from the MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and many others. Today, Fairchild is the region‘s leading source of environmental, horticultural and botanical education, with more than 150 courses offered annually, along with a wide range of community outreach programs. Accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1981, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an active member of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the Center for Plant Conservation, the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, and many other botanical, horticultural and conservation organizations. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is also a leading regional cultural institution and favorite visitor destination for both tourists and local residents.


Botero at Fairchild joins exhibitions by Pop artist Lichtenstein and glass artist Chihuly, which already are on display at Fairchild Garden through May 31, 2008.  For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit, or call 305-667-1651.


About FairchildTropicalBotanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 40,000 members and benefactors. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.  Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. For more information, please visit


About Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero, a Colombian-born artist, whose corpulent style is immediately recognizable, is among the most important living Latin American artists. His sculptures, made of bronzes and marbles, consist mainly of animals, dancers, reclining women, and mythological subjects. Botero‘s work is represented in all of the major international museum collections. His monumental sculptures, such as "Male Torso", a large-scale bronze from 1992 included in this exhibit, have graced some of the most prestigious boulevards from the Champs-Elysees in Paris to Park Avenue in New York. Other major cities where this sculpture has been exhibited include Washington D.C., Madrid, Lisbon, Venice and most recently, Tokyo and Singapore. (source:






o       Fernando Botero at Fairchild:

When: February 16 - May 31, 2008, daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Day Admission: $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.


o       Roy Lichtenstein at Fairchild and Dale Chihuly at Fairchild:

When: Now through May 31, 2008, daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Day Admission: $20 for adults, $15 senior citizens 65 and older, $10 for children 6-17, and free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under.


o       Thursday Nights at Fairchild: Fairchild will remain open on Thursday evenings so that guests can enjoy the sculptures of Fernando Botero, Roy Lichtenstein and Dale Chihuly illuminated with special lighting effects.  Special entertainment will change weekly, and food and beverages will be available. 

When: Thursdays beginning December 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ** hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. beginning March 2008.

Night Admission: $20 for Fairchild members, $15 for member children 6-17; $30 for non-members, $20 for non-member children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.

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