1932 - Fernando Botero was born in Medellin on the 19th of April. 1944 - He attend in Jesuit school in Medellín he was sent to a school for matadors for two years. 1948 - He first exhibited in Medellín with other artists from the region and provided illustrations for the Sunday supplement of the daily paper El Colombiano at this time. 1949-1950 - After studying at the San José high school in Marinilla, near Medellín, and then working as a set designer, 1951 - He moved to Bogota. 1952 - Botero travelled with a group of artists to Barcelona, where he stayed briefly before moving to Madrid. 1953 - He studied at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, although he was more interested in the paintings by Goya and Velázquez in the Prado. - He moved to Paris, where he lost his earlier fascination with the modern French masters and spent most of his time in the Louvre. - He then travelled to Florence, where he stayed, studying the works of Renaissance masters such as Giotto, Uccello and Piero della Francesca. 1955 - He returned to Bogota with his new paintings, 20 of which he exhibited at the National Library. 1957 - He went to New York City, where the abstract expressionist movement was thriving. 1960 - Botero moved to Greenwich Village in New York and began working at a feverish pace. 1964 - He married a second time, to Cecilia Zambrano. 1966 - Botero's work had its first European exhibition in Baden-Baden, Germany. 1996 - Botero's son Fernando was convicted of accepting drug money to finance former Colombian President Ernesto Samper's campaign. 2000 - Botero donated artwork valued at $200 million to two Colombian museums, the renovated Museum of Antioquia in Medellin and the cultural wing of the Banco de la Republica in Bogota. 2002 - In January, the French ambassador to Columbia inducted Botero into the Legion of Honor. Botero was honored by this since France had lent aid to help boost peace between Columbia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas.
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