Fernando Botero (born April 19, 1932 in Medellín, Antioquia) is a Colombian neo-figurative artist, self-titled “the most Colombian of Colombian artists” early on, coming to prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1959.
His work includes still-life and landscapes, but Botero tends to primarily focus on situational portraiture. His paintings and sculptures are, on first examination, noted for their exaggerated proportions and the corpulence of the human figures and animal figures.
The “large people” is what they are often called by critics. Botero explains his use of obese figures and forms as such: “An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it.”
He is an abstract artist in the most fundamental sense of the word, choosing what colors, shapes, and proportions to use based on intuitive aesthetic thinking. This being said, his works are informed by a Colombian upbringing and social commentary is woven throughout his work.
For more images of his work, there’s a good-sized list to choose from here.