FERNANDO BOTERO
 

Born in 1932
Medellín, Colombia

 
Artwork
<b>Cavallo </b><br/>Bronze<br/><br/>H 50 cm<br/>2005 <br/>Artist Proof 1/2
<b>Sitting Lady</b><br/>Bronze <br/><br/>H 50 cm<br/>2005<br/>Artist Proof 1/2
<b>Man on A Horse</b><br/>White Marble<br/><br/>H 112 cm<br/>2009 <br/>
Colombian artist known for his paintings and sculptures of inflated human and animal shapes. As a youth, Botero attended a school for matadors for several years, but his true interest was in art. While still a teenager, he began painting and was inspired by the pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art that surrounded him as well as by the political work of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.

His own paintings were first exhibited in 1948, and two years later, in Bogotá, he had his first one-man show. While studying painting in Madrid in the early 1950s, he made his living by copying paintings housed in the Prado Museum—particularly those of his idols at the time, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez—and selling them to tourists. He spent much of  the rest of the decade studying the art treasures of Paris and Florence.

Throughout the 1950s Botero began experimenting with proportion and size. By the time he moved to New York City in 1960, he had developed his trademark style: the depiction of round,corpulent humans and animals. In these works, his use of flat, bright colour and boldly outlined forms reflected the influence of Latin American folk art, while his strong compositions often emulated the Old Masters.
 
In 1973 Botero moved to Paris and began creating sculptures that again focused on round subjects. He also continued to paint, creating bullfight scenes throughout the 1980s.
Successful outdoor exhibitions of his monumental bronze figures,including Roman Soldier (1985), Maternity (1989), and The Left Hand (1992), were staged around the world by the end of the 20th century.