Fernando BOTERO

b.1932

Fernando Botero was born in Medellin in 1932. From Colombia, he travelled to Spain and Paris before settling down in Florence where he found inspiration in the Italian Quattrocentro masters, discovering techniques from a bygone era. Today, he lives and works between New York, Paris and Tuscany.

He 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 His oeuvre ranges in subject matter, including daily life in Colombia, art historical references like the Mona Lisa, and abuses of power- all unified his exaggeratedly rotund figures.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).

Available artworks

Fernando Botero, General, 2006
Fernando Botero, The Bird, 2006
Fernando Botero, The first Lady, 2010
Fernando Botero, The Street, 1989
Fernando Botero, Three Clowns Horse, 2007
Fernando Botero, National Holiday
Fernando Botero, Still life with coffee pot, 2004