Fernando Botero (b. 1932)

Fernando Botero, neo-figurative, abstract Columbian artist, calls himself the most Columbian of Colombian artists. In all his paintings and drawings, Botero attempts to capture an element of himself or his subjects in color and form. Exaggerated proportions are first noticed when examining a Botero painting or sculpture.

Columbian-born Botero was heavily influenced by Spanish Colonial art that surrounded him as a child. He credits Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and Diego Velasquez among those who influenced his paintings. After moving to the United States in 1960, Botero s paintings featuring rotund humans and animals, such as Dancers, are easily recognized.

Botero paintings are humorous as well, as his inflated, comical forms reflect his feelings of a society with an infantile behavior. His varied subject paintings include individual and family portraits, nudes, equestrian figures, bullfighting scenes and still lifes.

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