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Fernando Botero biography

 
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Fernando Botero biography

As a youth, Botero attended a school for matadors for several years, but his true interest was in art. Fernando Botero paintings While still a teenager, he began painting and was inspired by the pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art that surrounded him as well as by the political work of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. His own paintings were first exhibited in 1948, and two years later, in Bogot, he had his first one-man show. While studying painting in Madrid in the early 1950s, he made his living by copying paintings housed in the Prado Museum?aparticularly Fernando Botero those of his idols at the time, Francisco de Goya and Diego Velzquez?aand selling them to tourists. He spent much of the rest of the decade studying the art treasures of Paris and Florence.Throughout the 1950s Botero began experimenting with proportion and size. When he moved to New York City in 1960, he had developed his trademark style: the depiction of round, corpulent humans and animals. In these works he referenced Latin-American folk art in his use of flat, bright colour and boldly outlined forms. He favoured a smooth Albert Bierstadt paintings look in his paintings, eliminating the appearance of brushwork and texture, as in Presidential Family (1967). In works such as this, he also drew from the Old Masters he had emulated in his youth: his formal portraits of the bourgeoisie and political and religious dignitaries clearly reference the composition and meditative quality of formal portraits by Goya and Velzquez. The inflated proportions of his figures, such as those in Presidential Family, also suggest an element of political satire,


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