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Angel Botello

 (1913 - 1986)
Angel Botello was active/lived in Puerto Rico, Haiti, Spain.  Angel Botello is known for painting, silkscreen, lithographs, sculpture.

Angel Botello

Biography from the Archives of askART

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Painter and sculptor, Angle Botello was born in 1913 in the small town of Cangas de Morrazo in Galicia, Spain. He moved to Bordeaux, France with his family in the 20's and lived there until 1935. While in France, Botello studied during four years at the School of Fine Arts where he graduated with honor. Then, he moved to Spain where he applied and was accepted at the School of Art of the San Fernando Academy.

The civil war started which made him leave his studies and join the army as a cartographer. He eventually returned to France to meet with his family that was in a refugee camp. They decided to leave Europe and move to the Dominican Republic where he was warmly received.

The community of Dominican artists included him as one of their own, and many of the paintings created at this time were presented at the "Latin American Art Exposition" at the Riverside Museum in 1940. During that year, the Botello family traveled to Cuba where they stayed during eight months. Upon their return to Santo Domingo, his paintings were noted by the Peruvian ambassador there who invited Botello to show them in Port-au-Prince, Haití in 1944. There Botello met Christiane who became his wife.

During ten years, they lived in Haití until the 1950's when the couple moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1953, they opened their first art gallery at the Caribe Hilton Hotel. Botello stated that the light and bright colors of the tropics opened a new world for him and stimulated his creativity. During the 1960's his work became more personal as it was enriched by his new and favorite theme of his three children. The deep love that he felt for his children and his family is reflected in his later work, paintings and sculptures.

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Biography from Acquisitions of Fine Art
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Botello-Angel Botello Barro's-Galleria Botello, INC., under the direction of Publishing Resources INC. wrote:

A Biographical Sketch:
Botello (1913-1986)

The Life: A Chronicle

Angel Botello was born on June 20, 1913 in the Villa de Cangas de Morrazo, a small picturesque fishing village situated on the peninsula of Morrazo in Galicia, the northwestern region of Spain. Angel was one of six children (two boys and four girls) of Angel Botello Suarez, a businessman in the fish canning industry, and his wife Bonis Barros del Amo, who at this writing is alive in her 102nd year.

Encouraged by his mother, who had been born and bred on her family's farm high in the mountains of Galicia, Angel studied for two years at the Ecole d'Agriculture of Limou, intending to become an agronomist.

When Angel first saw his brother's work in architecture, he became keenly interested in the arts, so much so the he decided to abandon agriculture and devote himself to architecture. In 1930 he enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux Arts where he studied until 1934. His teacher of drawing and painting was Professor Francois Maurice Roganeaux, a well-known artist who had been awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome.

Angel excelled not only in drawing and painting, but also received the first prize for modeling in each of the four years he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Moreover, while still a student, he exhibited his paintings twice, first at the Societe des Amix des Arts of Bordeaux in 1933, and later in Perigeux, a small town near Bordeaux, in 1934.

In 1935 Angel returned to Spain. The Ecole des Beaux Arts of Bordeaux had solicited, through the Spanish Consulate in that city, a grant for a scholarship to finance Angel's studies at the Acaddemia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.

Unfortunately, Angel's studies in Madrid, together with all his other plans for teh future, were abruptly interrupted by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War on July 18, 1936. Angel was conscripted and served for three years in the Republic Army, directing a cartography unit attached the headquarters of General Lister on the front lines. His brother, Manuel, was tragically killed on the battlefield.

The Voyage of the Botellos, like those of thousands of other fellow refugees, was sponsored by the Republican Committee in Exile, a branch of the exiled Government of the Spanish Republic, which intended to settle them ultimately in Mexico. The Dominican Republic was their initial destination, however, since that country was the first to open its doors to all refugees of the cvil war. It was, therefore, due to the vagaries of international politics that Angel Botello Barros set sail in 1940 on a journey to the Greater Antilles, islands that he would never leave.

In 1941 Botello visited Haiti in the company of a good friend and collector of his works, Gonzalo de Ulloa, Peruvian charge d'affaires in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, more than in the Dominican Republic, Botello discovered a land that closely approximated those of his childhood dreams. Indeed, as a boy in Vigo, watching the ships sail off to faraway seas, Angel had dreamed of running on the warm sands of tropical beaches. He once confessed to art critic E.W. Palm that, as a young man, instead of wishing to go to Italy or Paris, the usual destinations for aspiring artists, he had longed for the tropics. Deeply impressed by what he saw in Haiti he vowed to return as soon as possible. Haiti was to leave an indelible mark on him and would exert a decisive influence on his personal life.

"Angel Botello Barros died on November 11,1986. His life was punctuated by a series of departures for new lands. he always dreamed of remote places filled with magic, mystery and beauty. Each of his islands offered him the opportunity to gain strength, inspiration and maturity, and he left at each harbor his own vision of reality that he was ready to share with all. Angel has not left us. He has departed, simply, for another of his islands, from which he will continue to serve as an inspiration for us all."  Maud Duquella (Book: Galeria Botello, San Juan, PUERTO RICO by Publishing Resources INC.

Biography from Art Cellar Exchange
Angel Botello was born in Galica, Spain in 1913. As a young boy he and his family moved to Bordeaux, France, where he spent the majority of youth and studied painting at the School of Fine Arts. When he returned to Spain as a young man, Botello continued his studies in art until the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, at which time he joined the army to work as a cartographer. Before long, the Botello family decided to leave Europe and moved to the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican art community warmly received Botello, treating him as one of their own. Throughout the next several years, Angel Botello traveled and lived throughout the Caribbean. In 1944 Botello was invited to show his paintings in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was in Haiti that he met his wife, Chritiane. The Botello couple lived in Haiti until the 1950s, at which time they moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was in San Juan that the couple opened their first art gallery in the Caribe Hilton Hotel.

Angel Botello's art was very much influenced by island culture. Despite the hardships and political trauma suffered by this country, Haiti is a highly spiritual country that provides a seemingly inexhaustible supply of creativity and imagination to many artists who have brought this spirit to life.

Angel Botello said that the light and bright colors of the tropics opened a new world for him and stimulated his creativity. It was this bright spirit of the islands that captured the artist until his death in 1986. Botello spent the last decades of his life in Puerto Rico, always producing. He left behind a legacy of oil painting, linocuts, lithographs, silk screens and sculptures.

-Gretchen Van Camp
Latin American Art
Art Cellar Exchange

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About  Angel Botello

Born:  1913 - Cangas de Morrazo, Galicia, Spain
Died:   1986 - Puerto Rico
Known for:  painting, silkscreen, lithographs, sculpture