Fernando Botero
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Who doesn´t like Botero? Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero (born 1932 in Medellín) is an artist of portraits, nudes, and still life with allusions to South America´s ways of life. Best known for his opulent figures of various walks of life in Colombia, his paintings are often infused with cunning sarcasm and dark humor hidden behind a seemingly amusing and, at a glance, naïve appearance.

What is everyday life in South America like? Botero, who claims to be the most Colombian among Colombian artists, depicts what contemporary Colombians are engaged in their everyday lives. The figures in Botero´s paintings eat, drink, sing, play cards, go for walk, sew clothes, go on picnics, and view bull fights. Although he is often criticized for not being a serious artist, the motifs in his paintings often give a sense of comfort. Images courtesy: Kunstforum, Vienna.
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Fernando Botero, Picknic, 1989, Oil on canvas, 132 x 175 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Ballerina at the Bar, 2001, Oil on canvas, 164 x 116 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Horse of the Picador, 1992, Oil on canvas, 190 x 234 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, The Seminary, 2004, Oil on cancvas, 151 x 193 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Card Players, 1991 Oil on canvas, 152 x 181 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, The Garners' Club, 1997, Oil on canvas, 191 x 181 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, The Orchestra, 2001, Oil on canvas, 183 x 144 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Dressmaker's Shop, 2000 Oil on canvas, 205 x 143 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Melancholia, 1989 Oil on canvas, 193 x 130 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero Abu Ghraib 47, 2005, Oil on canvas, 180 x 114 cm. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Gift from the artist © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, The Bishop, 1989 Oil on canvas, 165 x 127 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Child of Vallecas (after Velázquez), 1959 Oil on canvas, 132 x 141 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, A Walk on the Hill, 1977 Oil on canvas, 190 x 103 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Tercio de Muerte (Das Nachschleifen), 1987 Oil on cavas, 160 x 200 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero, Death of Ramón Torres, 1986 Oil on canvas, 153 x 183 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
Fernando Botero with Matador César Rincón, Spain 1995
Painter Fernando Botero in his Atelier, Paris 2011
Fernando Botero, Still Life with Cake, 2002 Pastel on paper, 71 x 101 cm Private collection © Fernando Botero
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