Fernando Botero, one of the most famous Colombian artists, died in Monaco at the age of 91. This was reported by the President of Colombia, 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 lush, rounded forms, referring to 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, as well as acute topics – human rights violations, violence in Colombia, the war in Iraq.
Botero’s sculptures decorate many cities of 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 20th century and the most famous artist in the history of Colombia.