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07/29/2013 02:05 pm ET

10 Things You Didn't Know About Colombian Artist Fernando Botero

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“I’m a tireless worker; I don’t consider painting a work, it is not an obligation, I do it for pleasure; I haven’t found anything that amuses me more than painting.” -Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero is one of the most famous and admired Latin American artists today. He is indeed a true Latin American icon. The creator of “Boterism,” his work has traveled worldwide thanks to his unmistakable style. It is this artist’s paintings of curves that produce visual fascination and widespread appreciate of his art.

Originally from Medellin, Colombia, his first years weren’t easy because, in addition to having lost his father at a very young age, Botero faced economic difficulties and was unable to afford his studies. He was about to take a very different profession than the artistic one he was destined for. His passion for forms led him to stand out among his colleagues from a very young age.

How much do you know about this internationally admired Latino? Check out the slideshow above

Originally published on VOXXI as 10 facts you should know about Colombian artist Fernando Botero

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