BOTERO Documentary comes to St. Pete’s Sunscreen Festival

For the 14th year, St. Pete is hosting its Sunscreen Film Festival in Downtown St. Pete from April 25-28. One film, BOTERO, is a must-see film for any history or art lovers.

BOTERO is a poetic behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of Fernando Botero, an intensely private painter and sculptor. Viewers will be inspired to see Botero’s commitment to a unique artistic vision power his rise from provincial Colombia to become “the Maestro.” Botero is still active in his studio at 86 years old.

Photo courtesy of Hogan Millar Media

BOTERO is a documentary profile of the life and work of the world’s most recognized living artist, Fernando Botero. Directed by filmmaker Don Millar (Oil Slick, Full Force, Off The Clock) and having recently screened at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Miami International Film Festival, the documentary will screen at Sunscreen Film Festival on April 28th.

Photo courtesy of Hogan Millar Media

BOTERO follows an unknown, self-taught painter born in provincial Medellin in 1932 as he propels himself to the pinnacle of the art world. The audience learns that, even today, the 86-year-old is happiest in his Monaco studio where he says he is still learning as he strives to be the best painter in the world, because “my life is to paint.”

The film weaves together original footage shot in 10 cities across China, Europe, New York and Colombia, with decades of family photos and archival video alongside unprecedented access to the artist.

Visit  to watch the trailer. 

Visit to purchase tickets to the Sunscreen Film Festival.

Read our article on our recent trip to Bogota where the Botero Museum is located.

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.