Vicky Buchino, from Tita Merello’s special gift to her hidden passion for painting and self-management: “I’m a work of art”

Daughter of Maestro Víctor Buchino and goddaughter of Tita Merello, Vicky Buchino grew up surrounded by artists and from an early age she knew she wanted to be a singer and actress. He made his television debut with Antonio Prieto, in the 1960s, and has never stopped working. “If they don’t call me, I run my shows myself,” she says.

And there he is, preparing his next show, Between us. “I do it with the teacher Diego Piccoli and we debuted on May 13th at Club del Progreso, which is like a piece of Paris in Buenos Aires; is magnificent. We have a varied repertoire, because it is a dinner show, and we will be there once a month. And I’m also preparing a show with Víctor Dupont, who is my son (from his marriage to actor Ricardo Dupont) and is a tribute to the 50 years of national rock, which are actually more. We debuted on May 27th at La dama de Bollini and we are also planning to do a tour inside the country. After almost two years of paralysis, we are just starting to set the wheel in motion “, details Buchino in a chat with THE NATION.

Vicky Buchino will pay tribute, together with her son, to national rock
Vicky Buchino will pay tribute, together with her son, to national rockGabriel Machado

-And is it difficult to restart that wheel after the pandemic?

-It is very difficult because the stick on this wheel was very strong. It was an iron more than a stick! It paralyzed us, we were out of work for a year and a half and I ate all the savings. Furthermore, the students have been cut off, because it is not the same to do it in person as from a distance. Singing on Zoom, when you need each other’s energy, is complicated. All of us artists have had to lower our expectations; before we lived comfortably from this, now we live. Also you have to lower the price of tickets, speculate with days and times.

-Have you always earned a living as an artist?

Yes, because I don’t know how to do anything else. I grew up in a family of artists: my father, my grandparents. If this were cut, I would guess my home.

-You have had moments of great popularity with musicals the impending flood, Teresa of Calcutta, aunt a womanHow do you fit into these cycles that occur between popularity and lack of work?

-It has always happened because the artist’s work is a job that we turn into a career. I have almost 54 years of experience, because I started very young. This is vocation and passion. Without that you can’t face anything in life. I always jump into the pool if there is better water, otherwise I just take a shot. Our career is a permanent risk: one year you have a lot of work and the next nothing; one year you act in Corrientes street and go on tour and the next year nobody calls you.

-For this reason have you learned to self-manage?

-If they don’t take me into consideration, I call the producers myself if necessary. And instead I have a manager who is a lioness, Andrea Tedeschi. I am an art operator, I wear the suit every day and go out. I work with my body, which is my company, and with my voice. I take singing lessons, work out, dye my hair, put on cream and do whatever it takes to be good on the outside and strong on the inside. And since I am an agnostic person but have faith in what I do, I try to surround myself with very intelligent people. Self-management is almost permanentfrom time to time.

-You grew up in a family of artists, was your work a choice or a destiny?

I have no memories of wanting to do anything else in my life. I always say that when I was born I didn’t shout but I gave a ‘mayor’. When I was little they asked me what will you do when you grow up? And, in my average language, I answered “acantante”. I always knew. I have a tape where you can hear me with Raúl Lavié, who is like my older brother and my father at the piano; I sang A love storywhich years later Luis Miguel made popular again. I never thought about doing anything else. The first time I appeared on television I was 8 years old. Every time Antonio Prieto came to Buenos Aires and worked, he asked to do it with my father. Goar Mestre, who was the owner of Canal 13 at the time, suggested doing a show and Prieto, who was looking for a child prodigy, told my father that he wanted me to be a part of it. My father was surprised and suggested that I try.

-You didn’t come for accommodation …

-No! My dad gave me a hand in many aspects and artistically taught me many things but he never gave me a finger; I’ve always had to give it a try. That was it my television debut Antonio Prieto’s show.

-It must have been a very hectic childhood, with work and still going to school …

-I finished first school and didn’t want to go to secondary school. Instead, I studied Fine Arts. At that time you had to have a degree to study, so I spent a year doing nothing until I stated my carrier surname. In all the schools they asked me for the basic cycle, and one of those I attended, Augusto Bolognini, told me that I was very young and had to finish secondary school, but also They asked me if it was something by Víctor Buchino; I replied that she was the daughter and they took me. I did the four basic years of Fine Arts and they were wonderful. I left the plastic arts to devote myself completely to music.

Vicky Buchino studied Fine Arts but eventually decided to sing
Vicky Buchino studied Fine Arts but eventually decided to singGabriel Machado

-You are the goddaughter of Tita Merello, how was your relationship with her?

-Yet I wear the bracelet he gave me one day in front of the cameras and asked me never to take it off because it would bring me luck. I’m doing. She was a wonderful godmother, very present, generous. My parents were in Mexico in the 1940s with Tita and Luis (Sandrini) when they got married, with Libertad Lamarque and Alfredo Malerba, with (Santos) Discépolo and his Mexican love, Raquel Díaz de León. My father worked so hard that one day he had an overmeaning, with a serious diagnosis, and the doctor told him he had to stop. After that they lived in New York for a year and returned to Buenos Aires, where he went back to work and I was born. So my mom called Tita, because in Mexico he had made her the proposal to be the godmother of her first child., and asked him if he was still standing. She was an amazing godmother.

-What memories do you have?

The best and the worst because he had a shit character (laughs). This is nothing new. She was very warm and she told me that she wanted me to take my career seriously. That’s why I’ve always been very cautious, because my father and she agreed on this, and those surnames marked me a lot. This is how I molded myself, to make a craft career. Tita was very proud of me, she told me ‘the race was very good’. But I’m suffering a lot because I called her a few days before she died, she was already in Favaloro, and since she had a formidable character she told me: ‘this is the time to call, it’s time to eat, I’ll call later’. And cut me. Then I got pissed off and said ‘I’m not calling you’. And a few days later she died. It was like that and I know that somewhere it is with me; and especially when I go on stage I always say it ‘godmother, let’s go with everything’. And she is there.

-Your son Víctor continues the family inheritance …

Yes, my son is. artist, poet, writer, musician, director. A guy with a great commitment. He is my only child, whom I had with Ricardo Dupont.

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