Fernando Botero  (Colombian, 1932) 

Fernando Botero (Columbian, b.1932) is celebrated for his painted and sculpted scenes featuring animals and figures with inflated proportions, reflecting the artist’s predilection for satire, caricature, and political commentary in his work. Born in Medellin, Columbia, Botero began exhibiting his paintings there in 1948, and later worked as a set designer in Bogotá. In the 1950s, he traveled to several different European countries, including Spain, Italy, and France, to study the work of Renaissance and Baroque masters. He also traveled to Mexico to familiarize himself with the current Mexican avant-garde. Botero became renowned for the varied source material he drew upon, from Columbian folk imagery to canonical works by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), and Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828).

In his depictions of contemporary Latin American life, he portrays the poverty and violence prevalent in Columbia in somber images, as well as in his iconic inflated figures, satiric images of Latin American presidents, first ladies, and government officials. A meeting with Dorothy Miller from the Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s proved to be a turning point in his career; she acquired his work at a time when abstraction was the celebrated idiom, and he later exhibited his work in a major exhibition at the museum, solidifying his international reputation. In the 1970s, Botero moved to Paris, where he created large figural sculptures with his signature inflated forms. He remains engaged with images of his Latin American home city, and with overtly political imagery; his recent works include large paintings of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in a direct commentary on the war in Iraq. Botero has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Maillol Museum in Paris, the Palazzo Benezia in Rome, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the National Museum in Bogotá. He currently lives and works in Paris, Montecarlo, and New York.

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Fernando Botero, Seated Woman


Fernando Botero
Seated Woman
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Fernando Botero, Maternidad


Fernando Botero

Galeria La Cometa
Fernando Botero, Reclining Woman


Fernando Botero
Reclining Woman

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Fernando Botero, Maternita


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KM Fine Arts
Fernando Botero, Venus


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Fernando Botero, Mujer Mano en el Seno


Fernando Botero
Mujer Mano en el Seno
Rosenbaum Contemporary
Fernando Botero, Maternidad


Fernando Botero

Rosenbaum Contemporary
Fernando Botero, Hombre A Caballo Con Sombrero


Fernando Botero
Hombre A Caballo Con Sombrero

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Fernando Botero, Gato


Fernando Botero

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Fernando Botero, Frutas sobre la mesa et Couple (recto-verso)


Fernando Botero
Frutas sobre la mesa et Couple (recto-verso), 1968
charcoal on canvas


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After Fernando Botero, Léda et le cygne


After Fernando Botero
Léda et le cygne
bronze w/brown patina


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Fernando Botero, Stilleben mit Früchten


Fernando Botero
Stilleben mit Früchten
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1932   Born: Medellin, Colombia
1950   Graduated from Medellin University
1952   Studied, San Fernando Academy and the Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
1953 - 1955   Studied fresco techniques and art history, Florence, Italy
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   Moves to Paris, France
  Lives and works in Paris, Monte Carlo, Pietrasanta and New York
2012 - 2013   Museo Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
2012   Una celebración, Palacio Bellas Artes de México, Mexico
2012   Hommage zum 80. Geburtstag, Botero - Gemälde, Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany
2010   Art is deformation, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY (solo)
Inaurgural Exhibition: Fernando Botero, David Benrimon Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Latinas!, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2009   Gary Nader Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL
Fernando Botero: The Circus. James Goodman Gallery, New York, NY
El Dolor de Colombia, Pinacoteca Diego Rivero, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
2008   The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
2007 - 2008   Botero: Oeuvres récentes, Marlborough Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco (solo)
2007   Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib, University of California, Berkeley, CA (solo)
The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canada (solo)
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE (solo)
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (solo)
Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Latin Masters, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York, NY
Fernando Botero, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany (solo)
2007   Malerei und Skulptur, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany
2006   Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Fernando Botero, Athens Concert Hall, Greece (solo)
Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005   Landscape, Cityscape, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy
2004   The Art Museum, Singapore
2003   The Doge’s Palace and other locations, Venice, Italy
The Gemeente Museum, Aja
The Maillol Museum, Paris, France
2002   Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
2001   Moderna Musset, Stockholm, Sweden
2000   The Museum of Antioquìa, Medellìn, Colombia
1998 - 1999   San Paolo Museum of Art, San Paolo, Brazil
The National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Monterey Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterey, CA
The Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
1997   The Modern Art Museum of Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland
The National Musuum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile
1996   The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
Niigata Prefectoral Modern Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, South Korea
The Sofia Imber Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela
1994 - 1995   Museo of Art, Takamatsu City, Japan
Shinjuku Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki, Japan
1994   Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
The National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paseo de Recolet, Madrid, Spain
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Paseo de Recoletes, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1992 - 1993   Montecarlo Kunsthaus, Vienna, Austria
Champs-Elysées, Paris, France
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
1991   Exhibition Palace, Rome, Italy
1989   The Coro Museum of the Arts, Coro, Venezuela
The Contemporary Museum of Art, Caracas, Venezuela
The Rufino Tamayo Museum, Oaxaca, Mexico
1987   The Queen Sofia Center for the Arts, Madrid, Spain
1986   The Contemporary Art Museum, Caracas, Venezuela
Municipal Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Museum of Art, Albany, NY
1985   The National Museum, Bogota, Colombia
The Ponce Museum, Puerto Rico
1984   The Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
The Everhard Museum, Scranton, PA
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1983   The Veranneman Foundation, Belgium
1981   The Civic Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1979   The d’Ixelles Museum, Brussels, Belgium
The Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The South Texas Museum of Art, Corpus Christi, TX
1978   Sculpture Museum of the city of Marl, Marl, Germany
1977   The Medellìn Museum of Art, Medellìn, Colombia
1976   The Museum of Comtemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela
1975   The Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1972   Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Buchholz, Munich, Germany
Claude Bernard, Paris, France
1970   Fernando Botero: Bilder 1962-1969, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany; Traveled to: Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany; Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany; Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany; and Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, Germany
Botero, Galerie Buchholz, Munich, Germany
Fernando Botero, Hanover Gallery, London, UK
1969   Fernando Botero, Center for Inter-American Relations, New York, NY
Botero: Peintures, pastels, fusains, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France
1969   Inflated Images, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1968   Botero, Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid, Spain
Botero, Galerie Buchholz, Munich, Germany
1966   Fernando Botero, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany; Traveled to: Galerie Buchholz, Munich, Germany, Galerie Brusberg, Hanover, Germany
Fernando Botero: Recent Works, Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
1965   Botero: Recent Works, Zora Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1964   Cordoba Bienale, Argentina
Fernando Botero: Bosquejos realidades, Galería Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
Fernando Botero: Obras recientes, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
1962   7 Contemporary Painters, Museum of Modern Art, Bogota
Botero, Gres Gallery, Chicago, IL
Botero, The Contemporaries, New York, NY
1961   Botero, Galería de Arte El Callejón, Bogotá, Colombia
1960   Botero, Gres Gallery, Washington, DC
1959   Botero: Obras recientes, Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia, Sala Gregorio Vásquez, Bogotá, Colombia
1958   Fernando Botero: Oleos, Galería Antonio Souza, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Fernando Botero: Recent Oils, Watercolors, Drawings, Gres Gallery, Washington, DC
1957   Pan American Union, Washington, DC
1955   Biblioteca Nacional, Bogota, Colombia
1951   Leo Matiz Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
  Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
  Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
  The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyongju, Korea
  Staatgalerie Moderne Kunst, Munich, Germany
  Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
  The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
  Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan
  Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany
  Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
  Museo Nacional, Bogota, Colombia
  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile
  Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  Museum of Art, The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  Museum Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
  Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
  Niigata Prefectoral Modern Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
  Ponce Museum of Art, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  M.H.K. Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
  Miyagi Museum of Art, Japan
  Museo d’Arte Moderna del Vaticano, Rome, Italy
  Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
  Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, Venezuela
  Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogota, Colombia
  Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
  Gelerie-Verein, Munich, Germany
  The Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University Art Collection, New York
  Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
  Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  Ho-am Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
  Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany
  Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  Astrup Museum, Oslo, Norway
  Ateneumin Taidemuseo, Helsinki, Finland
  The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
  Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
  Collezione d’Arte Religiosa Moderna, Monumenti, Musei e Gallerie Pontificie, Vatican City, Italy
  Coleccion Fernando Botero, Fundacion Santander Central Hispano, Medellin, Colombia
  Donacion Fernando Botero, Coleccion Banco de la Republica, Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia
  Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas
  Fondation Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium
2008    Castro Flórez, Fernando. Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib, El circo. Valencia : Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, 2008
2007    Buysschaert, M., Chiappini, R., Malerba, F., Ruzzante, A., (eds.) Botero: works 1994-2007. Milan; NY: Distributed in North America by Rizzoli International Publications, 2007
2006    Ebony, D. Botero : Abu Ghraib. Munich ; New York : Prestel, c2006.
Sillevis, J., Elliott, E., Sullivan, E.J. The Baroque world of Fernando Botero. Alexandria, Va. : Art Services International ; New Haven : In association with Yale University Press, 2006
2005    Strinati, C., Veltroni, W., Botero : the last 15 years. Roma : De Luca Editori d’Arte, c2005 (catalogue)
2003    Gribaudo, P., Fuentes, C., Botero: women. New York : Rizzoli : Distributed to the U.S. trade by St. Martin’s Press, 2003
2001    Botero: monumental sculpture. New York : Marlborough Gallery, 2001 (catalogue)
2000    Sullivan, E. J., Tasset, J. M. Fernando Botero: monograph & catalogue raisonné : paintings 1975-1990. Lausanne : Acatos, 2000 (catalogue raisonné)
Escallon, Ana Maria (artist interview). BOTERO New Works on Canvas. New York : Rizzoli International, 2000.
1999    Villegas, B., Fumaroli, M., Botero drawings. Bogota : Villegas Editores, 1999
1998    Lambert, J. C., Villegas, B., Botero sculptures. Bogotá : Villegas Editores, 1998
Fernando Botero: drawings and watercolors on canvas. New York : Marlborough, 1998 (catalogue)
1997    Escallón, A. M., Botero: new works on canvas. New York : Rizzoli International Publications, 1997
Aguirre, E. (et al.), Botero : la corrida. adrid : Ministerio de Educación y Cultura : Fundación Central Hispano : Communidad de Madrid, 1997 (catalogue)
1993    Sullivan, E.J., Fernando Botero: drawings and watercolors. New York : Rizzoli, 1993
Gribaudo, P. Botero Affreschi - Chiesa della Misericordia, Pietrasanta. Torino: Stamperia Artistica Nazionale, 1993 (catalogue)
Fernando Botero: drawings on canvas. New York, NY : Marlborough Gallery, 1993 (catalogue)
1992    Cau, J. Botero aux Champs-Elysées “La Corrida aux Grand Palais”. Paris: Mairie de Paris and Didier Imbert Fine Art. Edition of 3, Sculptures et Œuvres sur Papier,” by Pierre Daix, “Sculptures Monumentales,” by Charles Virmaître, 1992 (catalogue)
Sullivan, E.J. Botero: Aquarelles et Dessins. Madrid: Lerner & Lerner, 1992(catalogue)
Vargas Llosa, Mario. Botero: Dessins et Aquarelles. Paris: Editions de la Difference, (nd), 1992 (catalogue)
1991    Pacifico, M., Silvestro S., and Giorgio Van Straten. Botero al Forte Belvedere di Firenze. Florence: Tipolito Press, 1991 (catalogue)
1990    Caballero Bonald, J. M. Botero: the bullfight. New York, N.Y. : Rizzoli, 1990
Gribaudo, P. Botero. Milan: Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, 1990
Soavi, Giorgio. Fernando Botero - Œuvres 1959-1989. Paris: Celiv, 1990 (catalogue)
1986    Sullivan, E. J. Botero, sculpture. New York : Abbeville Press, 1986
1980    Ratcliff, C. Fernando Botero: recent work. November 7 -December 2, 1980. Marlborough Gallery, New York: the Gallery, 1980 (catalogue)
1979    Jaffee McCabe, C. Fernando Botero: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979 (catalogue)
1975    Fernando Botero. New York, Marlborough Gallery, 1975 (catalogue)
1973    Fernando Botero.April-maggio. Roma : Marlborough galleria d'arte, 1973 (catalogue)