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Colombia mourns its most renowned artist: Fernando Botero

Bogota, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Artists, politicians, relatives, friends, art critics, all Colombians are on Friday mourning the death of Fernando Botero, its most recognized painter, draftsman and sculptor in the world.

The artist, known for his singular style expressed in his many sculptures and paintings, particularly for his interpretation of the figurative style, known as Boteroism, was diagnosed with pneumonia last week, but after being hospitalized he preferred to treat the disease at his home in Monaco, where he died. His son Juan Carlos Botero, in an article entitled “The Art of Fernando Botero,” wrote that his father created a world of his own, a personal universe where the vast mythology and human fauna of Latin America are present.

He was born in Medellin, department of Antioquia, on April 19, 1932, and his extensive work has traveled around the world.

“Fernando Botero, the painter of our traditions and defects, the painter of our virtues, has died.

“The painter of our violence and peace. Of the dove a thousand times discarded and a thousand times placed on his throne,” Colombian President Gustavo Petro said.


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