19.04.1932 (Medellín, Colombia)
Botero is a Colombian figurative artist, self-titled "the most Colombian of Colombian artists" early on. He came to national prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1958.His work consists of oil paintings, pastels and bronzes, featuring bulky and sizeable figures. Despite their size, the figures often seem to float. With aid of the size of certain elements in his work, Botero points out the importance of these subjects. He strives to give expression to pleasure and lighthearted subjects as well.
Working most of the year in Paris, in the last three decades he has achieved international recognition for his paintings, drawings and sculpture, with exhibitions across the world. His art is collected by corporations, private collectors and major museums throughout the world, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In 2005, his series of drawings and paintings entitled Abu Ghraib which was exhibited first in Europe, expressed his outrage at abuses during the Iraq War and concentrated on the dignity of the victims. The exhibit was featured at two United States venues in 2007.
2017 Zona Maco, SmithDavidson Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico