b. 1932
- d. 2018
  • Colombie
Turnover 2023
$USD 26.702.483
Record Sale
$USD 14.829.424

Fernando Botero (1932-2018), the celebrated Colombian artist, left an indelible mark on the art world with his distinctive and instantly recognizable style. Born on April 19, 1932, in Medellín, Colombia, Botero’s journey through life and art traversed the realms of sculpture and painting, each canvas and sculpture a testament to his extraordinary artistic vision. His early studies in Spain and Italy exposed him to the works of the Old Masters, profoundly influencing his approach to form and proportion. It was in these formative years that he honed his signature style, characterized by voluptuous figures and a playful distortion of scale that imbued his subjects with a sense of both whimsy and monumentality.

Botero’s art was a vivid reflection of Colombian culture, capturing the essence of its people, landscapes, and customs. His works often carried satirical or political undertones, using his exaggerated figures to comment on the human condition, power dynamics, and societal norms. Beyond his iconic portrayals of people and animals, Botero’s art ventured into still life, portraiture, and scenes from daily life, each composition marked by his unique blend of realism and imagination. Throughout his prolific career,
Botero’s art graced the halls of international galleries and museums, earning him global recognition and acclaim. His sculptures and paintings, often showcasing a masterful interplay of light and shadow, evoke a timeless quality that transcends cultural boundaries.

Botero’s legacy extends far beyond his captivating art; he enriched the world of art education, philanthropy, and cultural enrichment through initiatives like the Botero Museum in Bogotá, which houses an extensive collection of his works. His figures continue to enchant, provoke thought, and celebrate the human spirit, reminding us of the profound impact that art can have on the way we perceive the world around us.


Record Sale

Fernando BOTERO (1932-2023)
Man on a Horse (1999)

Lot # 28
Ed. 3 / 3
348 x 160 x 230 cm
Hammer price: $ 3,550,000
Price including buyer’s premium: $ 4,320,000
Estimate: $ 2,000,000 – $ 3,000,000
Latin American Art
11 mar 2022
New York NY, United States.

Other works

No results found.


No results found.

Latest News

No results found.

Buy & Sell

Art Market Insights