Fernando Botero Angulo (born 1932 in Medellín ) 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. The "fat people" is what they are often called by critics and to my humble opinion it is also easier to paint or sculpt fat bodies with huge curves.
He traveled to study arts in France. He is now a very expensive artist. This Venus sleeping signed and numbered 'Botero 4/6' and stamped with foundry mark (on the side of the base) is a bronze with dark brown patina and measures 45 x 151.7 x 58.4 cm. It was executed in 1990.
It was on auction in NYC in November 2008 with an estimated price of 400,000 - 600,000 dollars. It reached only $ 458,500. which is probably due to the downward trend of the market since some time.
I personally own a Venus laying who
measures 8ins x 3 ins (picture at right) sculpted by a Parisian artist whose initials are G.M. and who is on sale for 2,000 dollars. It was made in Paris in 2000 and it is made of wood. It is an excellent job and any person interested can contact me at sbofni at yahoo.com and ask for Michel.