Fernando Botero Angulo is a Colombian figurative artist, self-titled "the most Colombian of Colombian artists" early on, coming to prominence when he won the first prize at the Salon de Artistas Colombianos in 1958.
-Fernando Botero - born April 19, 1932
About Fernando Botero:Considered Latin America's most famous and most beloved artist, Fernando Botero is a painter, sculptor, and draftsman who is renowned for his extravagantly rounded, robust forms that are recognizable around the world. Fernando Botero is both a masterful storyteller and a critic, whose work is often laden with biting satirical and political commentary. Botero challenges the dimensions of our hearts & our minds with his provocative artwork, and celebrates his roots as a man from Colombia.
Fernando Botero Paintings includes still-lifes and landscapes, but he tends to primarily focus on situational portraiture. Botero paintings and sculptures are united by their proportionally exaggerated, or "fat" figures, as he once referred to them.Fernando Botero explains his use of these "large people", as they are often called by critics, or obese figures and forms thus:"An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it."