Fernando Botero (b. 1932) is a sculptor and painter from Colombia who exaggerates the forms of his subjects, which range from people, to animals, to other elements of the natural world, into bloated proportions. Botero left matador school to display his artwork for the first time in 1948. Since then, his situational portraiture has been exhibited in major cities worldwide, instantly recognizable and widely acclaimed.

Botero names Spanish artists Fracisco de Goya and Diego Velázquez, and Italian artists Paolo Uccello and Piero della Francesca as major influences from his 1950s tours of Europe — however his most enduring influence is daily life in his native Columbia, although he moved to New York in 1960. Today, Botero lives and works between Paris, New York, and Tuscany. His work is held in the collections of the MoMA in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museo Botero in Bogotá, which is dedicated to his oeuvre.

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