Fernando Botero

Perhaps the most famous contemporary Latin American artist alive, Fernando Botero was born in Medellin in 1932. After a stint at a matador school, Botero decided art was his true calling and in 1948, aged 16, he had his first exhibition. In the early 1950s Botero travelled through Europe, studying art at Madrid's Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, followed by a spell in Paris spent absorbing the works of the Old Masters at the Louvre. He continued to Florence, where he studied the frescoes of the Italian Renaissance, discovering techniques from a bygone era. Today, he lives and works between New York, Paris and Tuscany.

 

Botero is best known for his distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale which reflects the artist's constant search to give volume presence and reality. His oeuvre ranges in subject matter, including daily life in Colombia, art historical references like the Mona Lisa, and abuses of power- all unified his exaggeratedly rotund figures.

 

He has created monumental sculptures for public spaces in many major cities, including New York (Park Avenue), Paris (Champs-Élysées), Rome and Monte Carlo. His works are found in many important private and public collections, such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.); Ho-am Museum (Seoul); Israel Museum (Jerusalem); Kunsthalle Nuremberg (Nuremberg); Museo d'Arte Moderna del Vaticano (Rome); Museum Moderne Kunst (Vienna); Neue Pinakothek (Munich); Staatgalerie Moderne Kunst (Munich); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); The Museum of Modern Art (New York); and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).

Photo © Ruben Afanador

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Fernando Botero Pas de Deux2004

Oil on canvas

139 x 99 cm | 54.7 x 39 in

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Fernando Botero Woman on a Horse1990

Bronze

183 x 102 x 112 cm | 72 x 40.2 x 44.1 in

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Fernando Botero Lawyer and Secretary2010

Oil on canvas

206 x 129 cm | 81.1 x 50.8 in

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Fernando Botero Oiseau, circa2004

Marble

55 x 17 x 14 cm | 21.7 x 6.7 x 5.5 in

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Fernando Botero A couple1973

Sanguine, charcoal and chalk on canvas

200 x 168,3 cm | 78.7 x 66.3 in

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Fernando Botero Dancers2003

Bronze

67 x 42,5 x 26 cm | 26.4 x 16.7 x 10.2 in

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Fernando Botero Still Life with Couple2013

Oil on canvas

96 x 121 cm | 37.8 x 47.6 in

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Fernando Botero Musicians2020

Oil on canvas

123 x 99 cm | 48.4 x 39 in

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Fernando Botero Picnic2002

Oil on canvas

115 x 167 cm | 45.3 x 65.7 in

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Fernando Botero Equilibrist with a Chair and a Bottle2007

Pencil, charcoal and coloured pencil on paper

40 x 30 cm | 15.7 x 11.8 in

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Fernando Botero Maternita2003

Bronze

48,3 x 20,3 x 20,3 cm | 19 x 8 x 8 in

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Fernando Botero Circus Band2008

Oil on canvas

185 x 141 cm | 72.8 x 55.5 in

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Fernando Botero Familia en el Campo

Oil on canvas

128 x 100 cm | 50.4 x 39.4 in

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Fernando Botero Nature Morte à l'Ananas

Oil on canvas

146 x 198 cm | 57.5 x 78 in

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Fernando Botero Concierto Campestre

Oil on canvas

107 x 156 cm | 42.1 x 61.4 in

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Fernando Botero Niña con flor1999

Oil on canvas

202 x 176 cm | 79.5 x 69.3 in

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Fernando Botero Woman on a horse2010

Bronze

120 x 80 x 56 cm | 47.2 x 31.5 x 22 in

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Fernando Botero Donna sdraiata con capelli lunghi, Versiliese2015

Bronze

45,4 x 104,1 x 43,2 cm | 17,9 x 41 x 17 in

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