Fernando Botero is one of the world’s most popular living artists. While his art is instantly recognizable, the story of how he became “the Maestro” is largely unknown. Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1932, Fernando Botero experienced a violent and tumultuous political landscape in his youth, which had a profound impact on his art and humanitarianism.
Unprecedented access to the artist and his family is combined with insightful commentary from a cast of historians, curators and academics to offer a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 90-year-old master. In his sunlit studio, Botero explains that despite the fame, the accolades, and the financial success, he is still learning and discovering, because “my life is to paint.”
“Through a series of interviews this documentary beautifully tells the story of an intensely private man whose paintings and sculptures blend his observations of everyday people, his reverence for the art of centuries past, his political leanings, and his sense of humor.” –Chicago Reader
DIRECTED BY DON MILLAR
CANADA | 2018 | ENGLISH AND SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES