Many years ago, my dear friend Bob Stickney introduced me to an artist named Orlando Agudelo-Botero. His passionate love of art, spirituality and wonderful energy drew me to his personality and to his art, which hangs on my walls and has enriched my life for over twenty-five years. Born in the lush Andes Mountains of Colombia, South America, his internationally acknowledged rise in the art world, combined with a personal quest for excellence, continues to manifest itself in numerous accolades and one-man exhibitions.
With his paintings both in private and public collections as prestigious and diverse as The Carter Presidential Library, NBC Corporate Headquarters at Rockefeller Center, The Chrysler Corporation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Fine Arts Museum of Long Island and The Betty Ford Center among many others, Orlando Agudelo-Botero has emerged as both a prolific and truly singular voice in the art scene. In 1988, in a formal ceremony at the White House, Orlando Agudelo-Botero was awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an Hispanic immigrant in the United States – the Hispanic Heritage Award. “Like a work of art, life is a physical outburst of new energy at the very beginning, ” says Orlando “and a resolution and peaceful feeling of accomplishment at its completion.”