Fernando Botero

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Biography

Fernando Botero left matador school to become an artist, displaying his work for the first time in a 1948.

His subsequent art, now exhibited in major cities worldwide, concentrates on situational portraiture united by his subjects’ proportional exaggeration. Fernando Botero’s distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale is today instantly recognizable.

It reflects the artist’s constant search to give volume presence and reality. The parameters of proportion in his world are innovative and almost always surprising.

Appropriating themes from all of art history– from the Middle Ages, the Italian quattrocento, and Latin American colonial art to the modern trends of the 20th century–Botero transforms them to his own particular style.