ARTIST NAME: Fernando Botero
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Fernando Botero (1932):
"Fernando Botero, Colombian painter. In 1948, he started work as an
illustrator. In 1950, he went to Europe, where he attended the Academy
of San Fernando in Madrid, copied Velázquez and Goya in the Prado and
admired the frescoes in Florence. He went on a long visit to Mexico in
1956-57 and the experience of Muralism significantly influenced his
future direction. In his own work, he introduced inflated forms, puffing
up to an exaggerated size human figures, natural features, and objects
of all kinds, celebrating the life within them while mocking their role
in the world. He combined the regional with the universal, constantly
referring to his native Colombia and also creating elaborate parodies of
works of art from the past - whether Dürer, Bonnard, Velázquez or David.
Not without humour, the symbols of power and authority everywhere -
presidents, soldiers and churchmen - are targeted in his attacks on a
society still infantile in its behaviour."
- Text from "ART20, The Thames and Hudson Multimedia Dictionary of Modern Art"
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