Fernando Botero

(b. 1932)

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(b Medellín, 19 Apr. 1932).

Colombian painter and sculptor. His early paintings were influenced by various styles, including Abstract Expressionism, but in the late 1950s he evolved a highly distinctive manner in which figures look like grossly inflated dolls; some of his paintings are sardonic comments on modern life, others are parodies of the Old Masters. Since the early 1970s he has lived mainly in New York and he has acquired an international reputation accompanied by huge prices for his work in the saleroom. He has made sculpture in a similar vein to his paintings, including several public monuments in bronze, notably Broadgate Venus (1990, Exchange Square, London).

Subjects: Art.

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