Man needs music, literature, and painting-all those phases of perfection that make up art-to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life. Sculptures permit me to create real volume...One can touch the forms; one can give them smoothness the sensuality that one wants
— Fernando Botero

Possibly the most recognized and quoted living artist from South America, Fernando Botero is a representational painter and sculptor whose signature style is characterized by figures with disproportioned configurations from the under dimension to the over scaled in the same figure, or “fat figures” as the artist has referred to them in the past.

 

Working in relative isolation from the stylistic trends of the art world, he has developed over time his aesthetic propositions intuitively, in dialogue with tradition and contemporary reality. Often suggesting some form of social and political criticism. His oeuvre confronts the viewer in this sense with a good dose of irony and humor.

In the past, Botero has become involved in much publicized and acclaimed international projects, such as the exhibition of his large scale, monumental sculptures for highly visible public spaces in major worldwide capitals like Paris (Champs Elysées, 1992), New York (Park Avenue, 1993) and Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 1994). He has also developed work in response to very specific socio-economic and political circumstances as well as reinterpreting traditional themes like representations of the female figure, the family, or maternity.