Fernando Botero

Life Dates:
b. 1932
Artist Biography:
Fernando Botero is a Colombian figurative artist, self-titled "the most Colombian of Colombian artists." Botero's work includes still-lifes and landscapes but he tends to primarily focus on situational portraiture. His paintings and sculptures are united by their proportionally exaggerated, or "fat" figures, as he once referred to them. Botero explains his use of these "large people", as they are often called by critics, or obese figures and forms. Botero is an abstract artist, choosing what colors, shapes, and proportions to use based on intuitive aesthetic thinking. Though he currently spends only one month a year in Colombia, he considers himself the "most Colombian artist living" due to his insulation from the international trends of the art world.

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