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BOKUMA (Alejandro Bertolo), was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the year of the horse.
At the age of 16 he started his formal training in Japanese painting “suiboku” style and calligraphy “shodo” in Buenos Aires, under the guidance of the Japanese artists Tazuko NIIMURA and Sho FUNAKI. Later on he studied the “nihonga” style of painting with the artist Hiroshi YAMAMOTO, in Canada. He has also studied Japanese calligraphy with the renowned calligrapher Masako INKYO at the Japan Society in New York.
He learned the technique of painting-mounting and Japanese style screen-making with Akihiro KATO, Conservator of the Japanese Paintings Section of the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC. After having developed his personal style, he paints mostly wildlife and nature, with an emphasis on those species threatened with extinction in their natural habitats. Alejandro Bertolo is a member of “Artists for Conservation”, an organization focused on supporting nature though art. In particular, he has pledged his support to “Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina”.

PUBLICATIONS

Best of Wildlife Art 2000. “Marsh Wolf”. North Light Books. US.
Wildlife Art Magazine. 1999, “White Woodpeckers”. 2000, “Snow Leopard”.

SHOWS

2009. “Artists for Conservation Annual Juried Show. Blauvelt Art Museum, N. Jersey
2008. “Artists for Conservation Annual Juried Show. Blauvelt Art Museum, N. Jersey
2008. “The Buddha, the phoenix and the Goblin” Gallery Gen, New York City
2006. “Asia and Pacific Arts Fair”. New York City. USA.
2006. “Nihonga and Tea”. Gallery Gen. New York City. USA
2002. “Arte BA”. Buenos Aires. Argentina. Group show.
2002. “Art of the Animal Kingdom VII”. Bennington,Vermont. USA. Group show.
2001. “Wild Cat Art 2001”. Fresno, California, USA. Group show.
2000. “Wildlife Art Sale”. Christie’s. London, UK. Group show.
1999. “Wildlife Art Sale”. Christie’s. London , UK. Group show.
1999. “Gardens within Gardens”. Nomura Gallery, Montreal. Canada. Solo show
1999. “Animalia”. Japan Foundation. Toronto, Canada. Solo show.
1999. “Wildlife in Art Sale”. Sotheby’s. London, UK> Group show.
1999. “Art Show for the Montreal Children’s Hospital”. Montreal, Canada. Group show.
1998. “Wildlife Art Sale”. Christie’s. London, UK. Group show.
1998. Dai Ichi Arts Gallery. New York City, USA. Group show.
1997. “Iberoamerican Painters Show”. Montreal, Canada. Group show.
1986. “Endangered Species”. Buenos Aires. Argentina. Solo show.
1985. “Fauna Argentina”. Casa Pardo. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Solo show.
1984. “Fauna Argentina”. Casa de Jujuy. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Solo show.
1983. “Aves Acuáticas”. Casa de Jujuy. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Solo show.
1981. “Sumi-e Show”. Embassy of Japan. Solo show.

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