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Fernando Botero Angulo

(born in 1932)


Fernando Botero is an incredible Colombian artist well-known for his paintings and sculptures of inflated human and animal shapes.

  • 1932 Born in Medellin, Colombia
  • 1948 Started work as an illustrator. Participated in first group show, Pintores Antioquenos, Medellin, Colombia
  • 1950 Went to Europe, where he attended the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid, copied Velazquez and Goya in the Prado and admired the frescoes in Florence
  • 1951 Moved to Bogotá where he met with the Columbian avant-garde in the circle of the café‚ Automatica
  • 1952 Studied in Madrid at the Academia San Fernando and the Prado Museum
  • 1953 Visited Paris and Italy and studied art history with Roberto Longhi at the University of Florence
  • 1955 Returned to Colombia
  • 1960 Took up residence in New York, won Guggenheim National Prize for Colombia
  • 1967 Visited Italy and Germany; studied work of Dürer in Munich and Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1973 Moved to Paris, France
  • 1985 La Corrida was exhibited for the first time at the Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York
  • 1993 Botero in New York was installed along Park Avenue, New York
  • 2000 Donated more than 200 personal works and over 100 works from masters such as Picasso, Monet, Degas, Matisse, Dalí, and Rauschenberg to Colombian museums
  • The artist lives and works in Paris, Monte-Carlo, Pietrasanta, and New York.

Man on Horse

Botero's Roman Warrior

O rapto de Europa



The House Of Amanda Ramirez


Donna Seduta de Fernando Botero


Botero Circus People 2008

Marie Antoinette On A Visit To Medellin

E femmes

A Couple




Portrait officiel de la junte militaire


After Piero della Francesca

After Piero della Francesca

The Thief on the Roof



Donna seduta

La first lady

The Seamstress

Menina After Velazquez


After Ingres


The supper

Ecce Homo




Flying Eagles


The Hunter

Chambre avec jeux d'enfants

The Maid

After Velasquez

De Cuisine

Portrait d'une famille



De Fleurs

Frank Lloyd et sa famille a paradise island

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