Fernando Botero was born in Medellin, Colombia on April 19, 1932.
In 1950, he graduated from Medellin University. In 1952, he studied at the San Fernando Academy and the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. From 1953 to 1955, he studied fresco and art history in Florence, Italy.
In 1960, Botero took up residence in New York and in the same year he won the Guggenheim National Prize for Colombia.
Botero’s signature style portrays 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 the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Botero’s work has been features in several solo and group exhibition at Gary Nader gallery. Among them are the One Man Show presented by Gary Nader gallery are Botero , Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings. May 1- May 30, 1998 at Gary Nader fine art, Coral Gables, Florida, and Fernando Botero. The Grand Show. Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture at Gary Nader Art Centre, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL., 2010.
Botero has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Maillol Museum in Paris, the Palazzo Benezia in Rome, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the National Museum in Bogotá, among others.
Botero lives and works in Paris, Monte Carlo, Pietrasanta, and New York.