|Orlando Agudelo-Botero, the 1988 Hispanic Heritage Awards Honoree for Visual Arts, is the master of combining sensuality, music, personality, and spirituality to create art in a way that radiates the depth of life.
Born in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, South America, to a family of 11 brothers and sisters, Mr. Agudelo-Botero has worked in the United States for more than three decades. Although never attaining a formal art education, he showed an early interest and aptitude for painting. By utilizing both common and exotic materials like birch bark, sheet music, fabrics, and papers with layers of tinted resin and gold, Mr. Agudelo-Botero has created one-of-a-kind masterpieces of that inspire the imagination. His unique and creative style has won Mr. Agudelo-Botero great recognition and artistic acclaim throughout the world. He was the recipient of the White House Hispanic Heritage Award in the Arts and has contributed as a Trustee of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
For the past four years Orlando Agudelo-Botero’s artwork has been inspiring the sets of the Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In honor of the Foundations’ 20th Anniversary he designed a work titled: Looking Back, Moving Forward that represents the importance of cultural ties in the advancement of Hispanics.