Born in 1932 in Medillin, Colombia, Fernando Botero studied art in both Italy and Spain, and travelled around Europe and South America. Perhaps best known for his portrayals of Colombian poverty and political corruption, Botero's work ranges from graphic paintings of Abu Ghraib abuses to highly abstracted forms. Botero's paintings and sculptures can often be recognized by their 'fat figures', inflated bodies that have become a signature form for the artist. Botero's pieces are held in public collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Pushkin Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He lives and works in Paris, Monte Carlo, Pietrasanta, and New York.