Fernando Botero – Latin America’s most sought after artist

There are so many amazing artists in South America that this Blog wouldn’t be complete without a category dedicated to Latin Art & Culture.  I thought I would start with a short post about one of my personal favourites, Fernando Botero, who’s art I was first introduced to while travelling around central Colombia in 2003.  It was during this visit that I visited Botero Plaza and Museum of Antioquia in Medellín.

Fernando Botero Angulo was born 19 April 1932.  He is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellín, Colombia.  His comtemporary style is known as “Boterismo” and is of oversized people and animales.

Fernando Botero 2006. La Ballerina
Fernando Botero “La Ballerina” (2006)

He exhibited his first work in 1948, when he was just 16.  It was in the 1950’s while he was studying in Madrid that he began to experiment with size.  By 1973 he had moved to Paris and had begun to experiment with sculptures.

His most controversial work was in 2004 when his drawings and paintings highlighted the violence of the drug cartels in Colombia.

Fernando Botero "Masacre de la Mejor Esquina"
Fernando Botero “Masacre de la Mejor Esquina”











His painting “The Muscians” (1979) was sold for a record USD $2.03 million at an auction in New York in 2006, confirming him as Latin Americas most sought after artist.

Fernando Botero "Los Musicos" (1979)
Fernando Botero “Los Musicos” (1979)

In 2012, he received the International Sculpture Centre’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.

Today you can see his work in Park Avenue, New York as well as the Champes-Élysées, París.  He has many pieces of art in museums in Bogotá and has donated many more to the Museum of Antioquia in Medellín.  The Plaza at the front of the Museum – is a popular tourist site – and is known as Botero Plaza.

Botero scupltures in the Plaza, Medellín.
Scupltures in the “Botero Plaza”, Medellín.

In the UK you can see his bronze sculpture “Broadgate Venus” at the back of Liverpool Street Station in London.  You can see a full exhibition of his art at the Thomas Gibson Fine Art museum in London during December.


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