Fernando Botero is a Colombian artist that has produced paintings, drawings, and sculptures, born in Medellin on April 19, 1932. Botero is one of the most recognized plastic artists in Colombia in recent decades. His vast work, now fully consolidated, his deliberate dislike for contemporary art and his extensive knowledge of the history of classical painting make Botero an exceptional artist in the country and the rest of Latin America. His paintings and drawings are highly personal works that in no way can be confused with the various international figurative positions of recent years. His art is, to some extent, retrograde and provincial. It depends more on the art of the great masters, on popular art, on the pre-Columbian tradition, on the imagery of the colonial period of Latin America, than on any figurative "ism".