Francesco Botter was born in Milan on May 28, 1967.
As an artist’s son, he began his creative journey with the discovery of his father’s drawings (Antonio Botter, graphic designer and humorist illustrator, Milan, 1938-1967), whom he studied and mirrored. While Botter was still a child, a great friend of his father’s, Giuseppe Coco (Biancavilla 1936-2012), famous humorist illustrator, will accompany him in the first steps of his artistic training, teaching the discipline of drawing and graphic techniques, a journey that will lead him to exhibit his works in a solo exhibition at the young age of 15. His studies saw him graduating first from the Istituto Statale d’Arte (The State Institute of Art) in Monza and, later, from the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) of Brera in Milan, where he earned a degree in set design. After completing his studies, he worked for several years in set design studios for theater, television, advertising and fashion shows.
During this period, he worked as an assistant to the American photographer Tom Wack, designing and creating sets, backdrops and still life’s for the setting of his photographs, particularly catalogs for the furniture and design firm Driade, for which he will also collaborate independently. Parallel to these activities, he cultivated his passion for painting by exploiting the skills acquired through the creation of scenic backdrops. He painted trompe l’oeil on private commissions, which led him to make the acquaintance of the great architect Renzo Mongiardino and, for a few years, worked as a decorator for Fiorenzo Cattaneo (Mongiardino’s collaborator) at the FCC Project studio as assistant to maestro Romolo Paganelli.
He began a collaboration with the Slobs gallery of Milan, directed by Barbara Vergnano, where he worked as a painter and decorator for the creation of decorative projects on private commission, ranging from rigorous classical decorations to the most modern, experimenting with techniques using a vast array of materials. Many of his most successful works in private homes have been published in major dedicated periodicals in Italy and abroad.
Over the course of the years, he never abandoned painting, carrying out his personal research and exhibiting periodically in various collective and personal exhibitions.
Today he lives and works in a small town on the hills of Oltrepò Pavese, Pavia, together with his family.