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Fernando Botero's distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes
with unexpected shifts in scale is today instantly recognizable.
It reflects the artist's constant search to give volume presence
and reality. The parameters of proportion in his world are
innovative and almost always surprising. Appropriating themes
from all of art history-- from the Middle Ages, the Italian
quattrocento, and Latin American colonial art to the modern
trends of the 20th century--Botero transforms them to his
own particular style.
Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Botero became interested
in painting at an early age. His artistic precocity was evident
in an illustrated article he contributed to the Medellin newspaper
El Colombiano when he was seventeen. [Read