Erwin Bechtold, retrat d’un artista

Erwin Bechtold, retrat d’un artista. 2009.

  • Director: Enrique Villalonga
  • Duration: 56 minutes
  • Genre: documentary
Synopsis: Erwin Bechtold is a German painter established in Ibiza since the fifties, with a particular career that also includes graphic design and interior design. Through interviews with leading figures of the Spanish culture, this documentary proposes an educational and enlightening look at an innovative artist unknown by the general public.


First feature documentary coming from Enrique. Portraiting the German artist who lives in Ibiza, Erwin Bechtold. From being as an apprentice in the family printing business up to becoming one of the most renowned contemporary artists.

The documentary focuses especially on his relationship with the island of Ibiza and Grupo Ibiza 59. This work premiered at the International Film Festival of Valladolid (Seminci) in 2009 within the series “Arte y Cine”. Premiered in Ibiza on January 8, 2010 at the Club Diario de Ibiza. Complemented with the exhibition “Papeles Emblématicos” from Bechtold himself.

The film is a testament to a time when the island of Ibiza, began to project as a tourist destination as well as a meeting place for artists from different disciplines.

It was filmed in the painter’s house in Can Cardona in Sant Carles, in addition in Dalt Vila and the port of Ibiza.

In the DVD edition you can see the short documentary ‘Cicle de Terra’ (2006), directed by Villalonga himself in Girona, on the Catalan artist Jofre Sebastian.

Commentary written by Juan Marí Susierra, from the production company Incortum.


Diario de Ibiza. Article by Fernando de Lama. October 22, 2009.

Diario de Ibiza. Article by Marta Torres. January 10, 2010.

Ibiza Style. Report by Laura Ferrer Arambarri. June 2010.

Última Hora. Article by Julio Herranz. January 8, 2010.



  • Producer Factoría Difácil y Filmótica (Spain)
  • Director Enrique Villalonga
  • Photography Enrique Villalonga y Julio Arche
  • Edition Enrique Villalonga y Julio Arche
  • Music Enrique Villalonga
  • Sound designer Ivan Pezzini
  • Casting Erwin Bechtold, Enric Satué, Lluís Domènech i Girbau, Jordi Comella, Rafael Tur Costa, Maria Neubauer, Carlos Sansegundo, Salvador Roig, Julio Herranz, Rafael Canogar, Rosa Maria Malet, Elena Ruiz Sastre, Pere A. Serra, Fernando de Lama, Christina Bechtold y Laura Ferrer Arambarri