Fernando Botero was born in 1932 in the city of Medellín in Colombia. An abstract artist, Botero’s paintings and sculptures are noteworthy for their exaggerated proportions and the sheer corpulence of the human and animals figures depicted. Through the careful use of colour, shape and form, Botero seeks both to capture the essence of his subjects and also reflect his political beliefs and social ideals. His celebrated paintings and bronze sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. At the age of 75, he lives and works with his wife, Sofia Vari, in Paris and Pietrasanta.