Archive for January 13, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Angel Botello

Angel Botello was born in Cangas do Morrazo, Spain in the year 1913. His father ran the family business, a fish cannery. The cannery ran into bankruptcy and his father moved the family to Bordeaux, France. Angel was one of six children. Angel and his brother Manuel fell in love with the art world and both attended and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

After college he went on to study in Spain in Madrid. The Spanish Civil War began and he and his brother fought in the war. His brother Manual was killed during the war.

After the war Botello decided to relocate to the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean family of artists welcomed him.  He would eventually marry a woman from Haiti and live there for nearly one decade. His landscapes of this region are highly sought after by collectors.

The family would move to Puerto Rico and this would become his most prolific time of output in his life. Botello began painting and sculpting especially after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1985. He was a daily smoker and passed away in 1986.

Botello was a painter, printmaker, photographer, sculptor,  and master of mosaics.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

What a multi medium master!


photographer Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus was an American photographer renown for her black and white images of people. Diane Arbus was born in 1923 in New York City. For her subjects she found people from all walks of life from circus performers and clowns, exotic dancers, and children.

Diane Arbus attended the New School for Social Reseach located in New York City where she studied photography.

In 1941 she married Allan Arbus. She and Allan began a fashion photography business. The couple divorced and Allan became an actor appearing on many syndicated shows including Matlock and M.A.S.H. Allan Arbus passed away in 2013 at 95 years old.

Arbus also taught at Parson’s School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.

After the divorce she continued her studies with professionals including American photographer Richard Avedon.

Diane Arbus committed suicide in 1971.

In 1972 Diane Arbus was the first American photographer to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $650,000.

In this clip some great photographs of people taken by Diane Arbus: