Colombia's Botero paints Stations of the Cross
Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero announced Thursday that his new work, Stations of the Cross, is set to be exhibited in New York in November.
Botero, one of Latin America's most famous artists, is known for artwork depicting chubby, puffed up figures.
In the past he has tackled controversial subjects, including drug violence in Colombia and a series on the mistreatment of prisoners in the US-run prison of Abu Ghraib, Iraq.
Botero, 78, told Radio Caracol that his new work is a "dramatic subject that I treat with great respect."
The Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis in Latin, depict the final hours of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion and death.
"I read everything on the subject," Botero said. "It will be obviously in my style but done without satire, with great respect."
The painter, speaking from his hometown of Medellin, said he has finished 30 pieces on the subject and lives "like a gypsy," taking unfinished canvases with him everywhere.
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