Fernando Botero

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Botero was the second of 3 sons. Botero’s father passed away of a heart attack when Botero was four years old and his uncle became a major figure in Botero’s life. Botero received his primary education in Antioquia Alentea and his secondary education at the Jesuit School of Bolivar supported by a scholarship. In 1944, as sent by his uncle, Botero went to a school for matadors for 2 years. He financed his own high school education at the Liceo de Marinilla de Antioquia with the money he earned from his published illustration works. Even at a young age, Botero’s artistic talent was evident, when he was only 16 years old, his first illustrations published in the Sunday supplement of the El Colombiano, one of the most important newspapers in Medellin. Botero’s signature style is characterized by the use of rotund figures and inflated forms also known as ‘Boteroism’ which depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humour, depending on the piece. Botero is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America, and one of the most important contemporary sculptors in the world. With his works collected by internationally renowned museums, corporations and by private collectors, Botero’s art can be found in highly visible places around the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Revered in both his native country and internationally, Fernando Botero has been bestowed with accolades including the First Prize in Painting at the prestigious Salon Nacional de Artistas in 1958 aged just 24. More recently in 2012, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award by the International Sculpture Center in the USA, which recognizes significant contributions to the medium.

  • Fernando Botero & Antonio Seguí

    Fernando Botero & Antonio Seguí

    New York

    June 21, 2017 - July 05, 2017

  • Masters of Distinction

    Masters of Distinction

    Singapore

    September 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

  • Grand Opening Miami

    Grand Opening Miami

    Miami

    March 24, 2016 - April 10, 2016

  • Icons of Art II

    Icons of Art II

    Dubai

    January 22, 2016 - February 25, 2016

  • Tempo

    Tempo

    Monaco

    July 10, 2015 - July 31, 2015

  • Fernando Botero

    Fernando Botero

    London

    February 10, 2015 - February 28, 2015

  • Icons of Art

    Icons of Art

    Dubai

    January 14, 2015 - February 04, 2015

  • Icons of Art

    Icons of Art

    Monaco

    July 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014

  • In Black & White

    In Black & White

    Geneva

    December 06, 2013 - December 21, 2013

  • On Form - Sculptures

    On Form - Sculptures

    Singapore

    July 26, 2013 - August 18, 2013

  • Highlights, The Monaco Masters Show

    Highlights, The Monaco Masters Show

    Monaco

    July 05, 2013 - August 31, 2013

  • Fernando Botero, Antonio Seguí & Federico Uribe

    Fernando Botero, Antonio Seguí & Federico Uribe

    Paris

    March 22, 2013 - April 13, 2013

  • Contemporary Emotion

    Contemporary Emotion

    London

    February 13, 2013 - March 09, 2013

  • The Masters

    The Masters

    Seoul

    November 18, 2011 - December 31, 2011

  • Fernando Botero

    Fernando Botero

    Hong Kong

    September 16, 2011 - October 10, 2011

  • Fernando Botero, l'Art de la démesure

    Fernando Botero, l'Art de la démesure

    Geneva

    March 17, 2010 - March 31, 2010