Fernando Botero is perhaps Medellin’s most famous son. He’s known for his paintings and sculptures of rotund people and animals, he has achieved international recognition and has exhibitions across the world. One of the best places to check out his work for free in Medellin, Colombia is at Plaza Botero, which is full of his gorditas. Botero was born in Medellin, Colombia. His dad David Botero a salesman who died when Botero was only four years old, his mom Flora Angulo who worked as a seamstress didn’t play a big role in Botero’s life.
Botero was influenced by the baroque style of the colonial churches and the rich life of the city. He had his first exhibition at the age of 16 in a Colombian daily paper called El Colombiano, the money that he earned with this exhibition he used it towards his education, in order to attend high school The Liceo de Marinilla de Antioquia. After that Botero worked as a set designer, and in 1951 he ended up moving to Bogota, where he met the Colombian Avant-garde surrounding the Café 'Automática'. His first solo exhibition at the Leo Matiz gallery followed after only five months. Later on Botero traveled to Madrid, here he was able to study at the 'Academia San Fernando' and the 'Prado' museum in Madrid, and later on the artist went to Italy, where he studied art history from 1953, and the works of the Renascence masters.
Botero for a long time studied the technique of fresco painting and copied works of Giotto and Anrea del Castagno. Two years later Botero returned to Bogotá. An exhibition of the artist's works form Italy flopped. In 1956 he married Gloria Zea and moved to Mexico with her. They had three children Fernando, Linda, and Juan Carlos Botero. In Mexico is where Botero found his own style under the influence of the Mexican mural painting of Diego Rivera. The artist was appointed professor for painting at the Bogotá art academy and gradually became the most important young artist in Colombia. In 1960...