Botero reputation is indisputable, being widely exhibited in Europe and North and South America and having received numerous awards including the First Intercol at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota.
While his work includes still-lifes and landscapes, his paintings and sculptures are united by their proportion exaggerated, or "fat" figures. Fernando Botero explains his use of these "large people", as they are often called by critics, in the following way:
"An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it." Fernando Botero