With the Colombian flag at half-mast, the Presidency of the Republic pays tribute to the life, work and memory of the teacher Fernando Botero Angulo the greatest Colombian plastic artist of all time, died on September 15th in the Principality of Monaco.
By Decree 1517 of September 15, 2023, the government of President Gustavo Petro ordered three days of national mourning. The first article reads: “The national government expresses its deep regret over the death of teacher Fernando Botero Angulo”.
In his second article the government of change “Honor the life, work and memory of the teacher Fernando Botero Angulo, expresses solidarity and sends respectful greetings to his children Fernando Botero Zea, Lina Botero Zea and Juan Carlos Botero Zea, his grandchildren and other family and friends. “.
And the third article says: “Decree in honor of the teacher Fernando Botero Angulo, a three-day national mourning during which the national flag will be flown at half-mast in all public buildings in the country, as well as in the embassies and consulates of Colombia abroad.”.
Following the death of the famous plastic artist, painter and sculptor, President Petro expressed his condolences through his official account on X (formerly Twitter).
In Decree 1517, the Presidency of the Republic says that the teacher Fernando Botero Angulo “He was the most recognized Colombian artist of all time, nationally and internationally, whose artistic works were exhibited all over the world, defining a unique and unrepeatable style.”.
And adds that “As a sign of his extraordinary generosity, he donated more than 300 works to various public institutions in Colombia so that they would be known to all residents of the national territory.”.
In the Casa de Nariño rest two of the flagship works that Maestro Botero left as a legacy for all his compatriots during the presidency of Colombia: The Dove of Peace and the Mother Superior.
The two works are located in the anteroom of the Gobelinos and Bicentenario or Council of Ministers rooms, which are visited daily by Colombians and foreigners at the Casa de Nariño.