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Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero is a renowned Colombian painter and sculptor known for his volumetric stylization of figures and objects. His works range in subject matter, including daily life in Colombia, art historical references like the Mona Lisa, and abuses of power—all unified by Botero’s exaggeratedly rotund figures. This stylization, known as “Boterismo”, is often interpreted as a pointed social critique, as seen in his The Presidential Family (1967). Born on April 19, 1932 in Medellín, Colombia, Botero grew up surrounded by Spanish colonial architecture as well as pre-Columbian artifacts. Initially schooled as a matador, the artist abandoned the profession after two years to pursue art. Travelling to Europe in the early 1950s, he copied works of Francisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez at the Prado Museum in Madrid and studied the paintings of Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca in Italy. In 1960, the artist moved to New York where he experimented with the gestural brushstrokes of the New York School painters of the time. This stylistic dalliance was short lived and by the 1970s Botero had settled into the technique for which he is now known. The artist currently lives and works between Paris, Greece and Pietrasanta, Italy. His works are presently held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museo Botero in Bogotá which is dedicated to the artist and his works.

Fernando Botero - Buenos días - Galería Duque Anrango

Buenos días

Date: 2006
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 130.2 x 150.5

Fernando Botero - Bañista en el Río - Galería Duque Arango

Bañista en el Río

Date: 2018
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 99 x 134

Fernando Botero - Bañista en el Río - Galería Duque Arango

Circus act

Date: 2017
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 82.5 x 112

Fernando Botero - Circus act - Galería Duque Arango

El Sueño

Date: 1980
Technique: Bronze
Size cm: 67 x 30 x 31

El Gato

Date: 1969
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 136 x 96

Dama de Sociedad

Date: 1973
Technique: Pastel on paper
Size cm: 160 x 120

Mujer Vestida por Hanai Mori

Date: 1981
Technique: Watercolor on canvas paper
Size cm: 160 x 118

Mujer con Moño

Date: 1981
Technique: Watercolor on paper
Size cm: 95 x 75

Fernando Botero - Juan calabazas - Galería Duque Arango

Juan Calabazas

Date: 1975
Technique: Mixta
Size cm: 76 x 56

El perro

Date: 1988
Technique: Pencil on paper
Size cm: 34.3 x 48.9

Fernando Botero - El sueño - Galería Duque Arango

Mujer reclinada

Date: 1978
Technique: Bronze sculpture
Size cm: 19 x 34 x 20

Fernando Botero - Mujer reclinada - Galería Duque Arango

Serie del circo

Date: 2007
Technique: Mixed on craft paper
Size cm: 40.5 x 31

Mujer de pie

Mujer de pie

Date: 2003
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 121.9 x 98.4

- Galería Duque Arango

Venus

Date: 2003
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size cm: 100 x 75