One of the most famous Colombian artists, Fernando Botero, died in Monaco at the age of 91. This was announced by Colombian President Gustavo Petro. He called Botero “an artist who depicted our traditions, misfortunes and values.”
Fernando Botero was born in 1932 in Medellin. Even in his youth, he developed a recognizable style, which was later called “boterism.” The people and animals in his paintings and sculptures have exaggeratedly curvaceous, rounded forms, referencing naive and folk art. Botero himself called himself “the most Colombian of all Colombian artists.”
In his works, Botero addressed both folk and humorous subjects, and sensitive topics – human rights violations, violence in Colombia, the war in Iraq.
Botero’s sculptures decorate many cities around the world – both in Latin America and in the USA, Europe and Asia. He is considered one of the most notable artists of the second half of the twentieth century and the most famous artist in the history of Colombia.