Produced in Colombia in 1932, Fernando Botero left matador school to become an artist, exhibiting his work for the very first time in a 1948. His following artwork, now presented in major cities world-wide, concentrates on situational portraiture combined by his subjects’ proportional exaggeration. Botero’s paintings were first presented in 1948, when he was 16 years old, and he had his first one man show two years afterwards in Bogota.
Throughout the 1950s, Botero experimented with percentage and size, and he started developing his trademark fashion—round, distended people and creatures—after he moved to New York City in 1960. The inflated percentages of his figures, including those in Presidential Family (1967), indicate an element of political satire, and therefore are depicted using level, brilliant colour and conspicuously summarized types—a nod to Latin American folk art. And while his work includes still lifes and landscapes, Botero has generally concentrated on his emblematic situational portraiture.
After reaching a worldwide audience along with his artwork, in 1973, Botero moved to Paris, where he started creating sculptures. These works expanded the foundational themes of his painting, as he again focused on his distended issues. As his sculpture developed, by the 1990s, outside displays of enormous bronze figures were staged all over the world to great success.
In 2004, Botero turned to the overtly political, showing some drawings and paintings focusing on the violence in Colombia coming from drug cartel actions. In 2005, he unveiled his “Abu Ghraib” string, according to reports of American military forces abusing prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison during the Iraq War. The collection took him more than 14 months to finish, and received significant interest when it was shown in Europe. He’s got several kids at the same time, with one son having died as a kid in an automobile crash. Botero continues to display his works all over the world.