"To look at the world of Columbian artist Fernando Botero, you would think the world was squished into stout, podgy, fleshy images of men, women and even tubby guitars and vases, all weighing down the world. But there is more behind his stylized paintings of burly people and things. Botero speaks through his art of the pretentious affectation of presidents and first ladies (like in the work on the left, called "The First Lady"). Beyond his satirization of political figures, he comments on the misery of contemporary life in Latin America."
"See for yourself in an exhibit of his work, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, which opens Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.