Tattooed onto the skin of Salvador, Brazil, are ubiquitous public artworks created by the artist Bel Borba.
Known as “The People’s Picasso,” this eclectic artist represents a rarely seen side of Brazil. For thirty-five years Borba has spread his artwork throughout the 500-year-old urban landscape. From three-year-old school kids to eighty-year old street vendors, Bel Borba is everybody’s family member, and the city most beloved son.
This film, Bel Borba Aqui, directed by Burt Sun and Andre Costantini, shares Bel’s joy and madness: creating large-scale outdoor art at lightning speed and then working alone in deep introspection.
His exuberant personality shines as he draws inspiration from his surroundings, especially in impoverished neighborhoods. Working as a voice of the people, Bel breathes new life into the city he loves through his art. See his renaissance through constant acts of creation.
The film began running in select theaters on October 3rd. Watch the trailer here.