Fernando Botero, best known for his voluptuously rotund human figures, was born in Medelín, Colombia on April 19, 1932. His father died when he was young and he was raised by his mother along with his two brothers. He attended a Jesuit school in Medelín and when he was twelve, he attended matador training school for two years. The bull fight was a recurring theme in Botero’s early work and while he was in his early teens he sold his pictures of bullfights in front of the arena. By the time he was sixteen, Botero worked as an illustrator for the local magazine El Colombiano. He also began writing articles about art theory, one of which, entitled Picasso and Nonconformity in Art, led to his expulsion from the Jesuit school for its endorsement of cubism. One of Botero’s important early works, Woman Crying, reflects his interest in Picasso and also reveals strains of German Expressionism and the social themes of the muralist painters Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.