Fernando Botero

One of Colombia’s most famous artists is Fernando Botero, born and raised in Medellín. Botero is one of the biggest names in the world of art and, thanks to his distinct style, is admired by both critics and the general public alike.

Botero was born in 1932. When he was just 4 years old his father passed away and, as a result, Botero developed a strong relationship with his uncle. As a teenager Botero’s work was published in a daily paper, El Colombiano, which led to further successes and in the same year Botero’s work was first exhibited.

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Fernando Botero, some "Fat Art"With this success Botero developed the confidence to take art as a serious direction in life and, in order to open up more opportunities, moved to Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá. After a short spell here his appetite for travel became stronger and he swiftly moved to Barcelona before settling in Madrid to begin a period of intense study of the arts. He studied at the Academia de San Fernando before moving to Paris where he regularly visited the Louvre to study the works of past masters. In a similar vein he subsequently moved to Florence to study the artists of the Renaissance.

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With this rich education in the arts, Botero began to develop his own unique style. Abstract and yet detailed, Botero’s modern and most popular paintings depict our world in distorted proportions, or in a ‘fat’ style. His paintings are also typically very rich in color.

There are many places that you can view the art of Botero, including Botero Plaza in Medellín, where 23 Botero sculptures dominate the square. In the same square is the Museo de Antioquia which houses a great deal of Botero’s work. In Bogotá you can visit the Botero museum and the National Museum, the latter of which houses some of Botero’s older works.

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