As a teenager, Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero (Medellín, 1932) took bullfighting classes. Apparently he lacked sufficient aptitude, his talent rather lay in painting bullfights – actually, painting in general. He held his first exhibition in Bogotá as young as aged 19. Over the years, he developed a unique, figurative style characterized by his fascination with size and volume. The people and animals Botero depicts look very fat, though in fact all he does is strongly accentuate certain body parts. His later work increasingly also expresses his political and social commitment.
Director Don Millar shot his first long documentary in ten cities around the world to portray the life and work of Botero, creating a poetic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the "Maestro".
This film will be screened as part of Rialto’s monthly art programme: Cracking the Frame.
DON MILLAR (Canada) is a film and television director. His previous directorial credits include the climate change short documentary Oil Slick (2016), the biopic Full Force (2016) about rugby star Harry Jones, and the scripted narrative Off the Clock (2016). He is a lens-based visual artist and a former board member for the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery; Millar has studied English literature, painting and cinematography.