Fernando Botero, Colombian Artist

April 19, 1932 is the birthday of iconoclastic Colombian artist Fernando Botero.  Known for his highly stylized figurative portraits and sculptures, Botero studied art in Madrid and Paris.  His subjects range from everyday portraits of men and women engaged in everyday life to highly politicized portrayals of searing events, including the violence of Colombia’s drug wars and his 2005 portrait of a prisoner abused by US forces at Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq.