He Left Matador School to Become an Artist

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He Left Matador School to Become an Artist

Fernando Botero is a Colombian artist known for creating bloated, oversized depictions of people, animals, and elements of the natural world. His signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. He is considered the most recognized and quoted living artist from Latin America and his art can be found in highly visible places around the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and Paris.

Born in Colombia in 1932, Fernando Botero left matador school to become an artist, displaying his work for the first time in 1948. His subsequent art, now exhibited in major cities worldwide, concentrates on situational portraiture united by his subjects' proportional exaggeration.

Fernando Botero attended a matador school for several years in his youth and then left the bull ring behind to pursue an artistic career. Botero's paintings were first exhibited in 1948 when he was 16 years old, and he had his first one-man show two years later in Bogota.

Although isolated from art as presented in museums and other cultural institutes, Botero was influenced by the Baroque style of the colonial churches and the city life of Medellín while growing up. He received his primary education in Antioquia Ateneo and, thanks to a scholarship, he continued his secondary education at the Jesuit School of Bolívar.

Botero's work in these early years was inspired by pre-Colombian and Spanish colonial art and the political murals of Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Also influential were the works of his artistic idols at the time, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velasquez. By the early 1950s, Botero had begun studying painting in Madrid, where he made his living copying paintings hanging in the Prado and selling the copies to tourists.

His work reflection of his society, outspoken, sometimes a little bitter and cynical, and proportion his massive volume figure object bring humorous insight.

Throughout the 1950s, Botero experimented with proportion and size, and he began developing his trademark style—round, bloated humans and animals—after he moved to New York City in 1960. The inflated proportions of his figures, including those in Presidential Family (1967), suggest an element of political satire, and are depicted using flat, bright color and prominently outlined forms—a nod to Latin-American folk art. And while his work includes still-lifes and landscapes, Botero has typically concentrated on his emblematic situational portraiture.

After reaching an international audience with his art, in 1973, Botero moved to Paris, where he began creating sculptures. These works extended the foundational themes of his painting, as he again focused on his bloated subjects. As his sculpture developed, by the 1990s, outdoor exhibitions of huge bronze figures were staged around the world to great success.

In 2004, Botero turned to the overtly political, exhibiting a series of drawings and paintings focusing on the violence in Colombia stemming from drug cartel activities. In 2005, he unveiled his "Abu Ghraib" series, based on reports of American military forces abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison during the Iraq War. The series took him more than 14 months to complete and received considerable attention when it was first exhibited in Europe.

His epic work talk about peace has been displayed at President Palace o Kolombia, and Juan Manuel Santos, Presiden of Kolombia open for first time Botero artwork, just for info. Peace it was special issue at Kolombia, because there is a civil war in Colombia and  succeded deal for peace with government by Presiden Juan Manuel Santos, for this effort Presiden Kolombia get honored of Nobel Prize 2016. Fernando Botero really concern to tolerance and peace values in this world.

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