Fernando Botero, Colombian artist well-known for rotund and oversize figures, dies at 91

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Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero poses contained in the “Tren de La Cultura” (“Prepare of Tradition”), throughout a information convention for the exhibition “Fernando Botero: The Circus,” in Medellín, Colombia, Jan. 30, 2015. Fredy Builes/Reuters conceal caption

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- Fernando Botero, Colombian artist well-known for rotund and oversize figures, dies at 91

Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero poses contained in the “Tren de La Cultura” (“Prepare of Tradition”), throughout a information convention for the exhibition “Fernando Botero: The Circus,” in Medellín, Colombia, Jan. 30, 2015.

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BOGOTA, Colombia — Fernando Botero, one among Latin America’s most celebrated artists, has died. In accordance with his daughter, Lina Botero, the 91-year-old Colombian artist was affected by issues from pneumonia and died at his house in Monaco.

“Fernando Botero, the painter of our traditions and defects, the painter of our virtues, has died,” Colombian President Gustavo Petro introduced on social media.

In his work and sculptures, Botero usually depicted rotund, whimsical figures that poked enjoyable on the higher class of his native Colombia.

Born in Medellín, he was the son of a touring salesman and a seamstress and as soon as harbored a need to be a matador.

He spent most of his life residing in Europe and the US, however usually returned to Colombia for inspiration. His house metropolis has declared per week of mourning in his honor.

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Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s art work is showcased on the the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., on Sept. 10, 2009. The exhibit “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero” was the primary main U.S. retrospective introduced in additional than 30 years by Botero. Damian Dovarganes/AP conceal caption

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- Fernando Botero, Colombian artist well-known for rotund and oversize figures, dies at 91

Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s art work is showcased on the the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., on Sept. 10, 2009. The exhibit “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero” was the primary main U.S. retrospective introduced in additional than 30 years by Botero.

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Botero’s works are immediately recognizable. His figures are corpulent and barely absurd and gave rise to the time period “Boterismo” to explain the voluptuous, virtually cartoonish figures in his art work.

One portray depicts a Roman Catholic cardinal quick asleep in full clerical garb. One other reveals a snake about to chunk the top of a lady posing for a household portrait.

Later in his profession, Botero turned to darker topics, like drug violence in Colombia. Throughout an open-air live performance in his house city of Medellín in 1995, guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, positioned an explosive gadget beneath his bronze sculpture, “Pájaro” (“Fowl”), killing greater than 20 individuals and injuring greater than 200.

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An exhibition devoted to Colombian artist Fernando Botero throughout a press preview on the Vittoriano museum in Rome, on Could 4, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP through Getty Photographs conceal caption

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- Fernando Botero, Colombian artist well-known for rotund and oversize figures, dies at 91

An exhibition devoted to Colombian artist Fernando Botero throughout a press preview on the Vittoriano museum in Rome, on Could 4, 2017.

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He additionally painted victims of U.S. abuse on the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq. “These works are the results of the indignation that the violations in Iraq produced in me and the remainder of the world,” he stated.

His works have been massively well-liked, typically promoting for thousands and thousands of {dollars}, and adorned main museums in addition to the Champs-Élysées in Paris and Park Avenue in New York, in addition to his house city of Medellín and the capital Bogotá, the place the Botero Museum resides.

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