Botero is a poetic documentary profile of Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Featuring unprecedented access, the film is a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of this intensely private 86-year-old.
Viewers will be inspired as they see Botero’s commitment to a unique artistic vision power his rise from provincial Colombia to become “the Maestro” – the world’s most recognized living artist.
Colombian artist Fernando Botero is one of unmistakeable style – the round figures and smooth faces are unquestionably his. His paintings and sculptures have been shown around the world, and his works spark a response in critics and children alike. At the core of his art is an unwavering commitment to a set of ideals surrounding volume, sensuality, and art history. His style is his lens on the whole world – ballerinas, bullfighters, drug traffickers, bishops and prostitutes – nothing escapes Botero’s brush.
As he settles into his 80s, Botero reflects on a life of youthful passions, a self-made education in Europe, and the mastering of his crafts throughout decades of change in the art world. He recounts markers of success, status, and excellence across the globe – public museums in Colombia erected in his name, shows in China with over one million visitors, and an exhibition of Boteros and Picassos side by side in France. Yet to the Maestro, all of these accolades pale in comparison to his time in the studio. In the artist’s own words - “my life is to paint.”
Botero, the film, explores this amazing journey with intimate interviews with the artist, his family, and leading figures in the art world. The film also includes first-hand encounters with Botero’s still wildly popular public exhibitions and never-before-seen glimpses into his personal archives, untouched for forty years.
Botero director Don Millar is a Canadian citizen working between Vancouver and Los Angeles.
In directing the film, Millar combined wide-ranging experience as a storyteller working in film and television with his passion for the visual arts. Millar also drew on a 20-year relationship with the family of Fernando Botero.
His previous directorial credits include a number of short films, such as the climate change documentary Oil Slick, the biopic Full Force about rugby star Harry Jones and Off The Clock, a narrative. Millar has directed dozens of advocacy and advertising projects for television and online release.
Millar is a photographer, painter, and writer in his own right, as well as a former board member for the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery.
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