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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. Here in "Caeza de Muj" (1975), Botero continues his iconic stylized busts in white marble, measuring 15 x 5.9 inches (38.1 x 15 cm).

Born in Medellin, Botero began exhibiting his paintings there in 1948, and later worked as a set designer in Bótoga. 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, Pablo Picasso, and Francisco de Goya. 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 portraits of inflated figures, typically satiric portrayals 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 Bótoga. He currently lives and works in Paris, Montecarlo, and New York.

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Publication: Edward J. Sullivan, "Botero Sculpture," New York, 1986, p. 62, illustrated (incorectly dated 1976)
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  • Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris. Sale: Sotheby's New York, Latin American Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Prints, November 18, 1991, lot 44, illustrated in color Galeria El Museo Bogota Present Collection, US.
Beverly Hills, Louis Stern Galleries, "Fernando Botero- Pinturas, Trabajos en Papely Esculturas", April 1992.
Carcas, Galeria Espacio Fenix, "Maestros Colombianos" April 1993
Bogota, Galeria El Museuo, "Fernando Boero-Esculturas", April 1994, p. 5 illustrated.
Bogota, Galeria El Museum, "Selecciones para una coleccion" December 1994
  • Ships From: Florida, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 15 x 5.9 in. (38.1 x 14.99 cm.)
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