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While developed countries try to tackle the problem of obesity, it seems odd that Colombian artist Fenando Botero has made his name portraying fat people (and animals).
The proper phraseology is that his subjects have “exaggerated and disproportionate volumetry.” You could almost say that Botero has exalted the state of obesity and one wonders how he came to chose what some may regard as a gimmick and which has defined him as an artist.
Whatever its origin, his style fascinates the viewer and several of his works have been sold for over $1 million.
Twenty seven large oil paintings and 34 drawings of Botero’s latest series “El Víacrusis” and work of other artists will be shown at the Interoceanic Canal Museum in Casco Antiguo forming part of the upcoming “Bienal del Sur.” The biennial, taking place from Monday, April 15 to Thursday, May 30 in different locations of Panama City, will feature more than 300 artists from 65 countries.