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Monday, June 1, 2015

Fernando Botero


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Fernando Botero Angulo (1932- ) is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellin, Colombia. His signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece.

He is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America. Working most of the year in Paris, in the last three decades he has achieved international recognition for his paintings, drawings and sculpture, with exhibitions across the world. His art is collected by many major international museums, corporations, and private collectors.

He was born the second of three sons, and his father, a salesman who traveled by horseback, died of a heart attack when Fernando was four. His mother worked as a seamstress. An uncle took a major role in his life. His own paintings were first exhibited in 1948 at age 16, and two years later, in Bogota, he had his first one-man show. In 1953, he moved to Paris, where he spent most of his time in the Louvre, studying the works there. He lived in Florence, Italy from 1953 to 1954, studying the works of Renaissance masters. In recent decades, he has lived most of the time in Paris, but spends one month a year in his native city of Medellin.

While his work includes still-lifes and landscapes, he has concentrated on situational portraiture. His paintings and sculptures are united by their proportionally exaggerated, or "fat" figures.

In 2012, he received the International Sculpture Center's Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.