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  • During elementary school, Ernesto Bertani was an outstanding student; however, this did not apply during high school. Apparently, Ernesto got bored and instead of listening to his teachers, he would draw or illustrate the last football match he had seen. When he felt romantic at heart, he would draw erotic motifs. His aunt Bertha Rioboo, painter and gallery worker, would take him to art exhibitions and it was together with her, by observing how she painted during the weekends, that he discovered that he could also become a painter. Nevertheless, he started studying Architecture, which he dropped out during the second year to enjoy, for the first time, the “freedom of painting all the time…” Self-taught until the age of 24, he later studied sculpture with the master Leonardo Rodríguez. In 1975, in an attempt to give color to his gypsums, he resumed his classes with Victor Chab, mentor who gave him the encouragement he needed to work as a full time painter. He has received numerous awards, among which are: the First Price for Painting (1982) and the First Price for Drawing (1983) at the Municipal Hall in Buenos Aires; the Casa de las Américas Award, at the Havana Biennial (Cuba, 1984), the Grand Prize of Honor at the National Drawing Hall (1994) and the Grand Prize of Honor at the National Painting Hall (2002). He has been an exclusive artist at Zurbarán Gallery, one of Argentina’s most well known galleries, which is in charge of the organization of his exhibitions and the edition of the publications that describe his work. In his pictorial work, he elaborates images whose mimesis with the real exceeds the analogy. His hyper realistic technique is the most appropriate way to transmit messages of great rhetoric elaboration, in which the simplest elements are combined with irony and clarity. His series on cashmere images, in which he reflects on clothing and its correlation with the social imaginary, also stands out. Exhibitions 2013-2015 Solo exhibition. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2012 Solo exhibition. Besharat Gallery. Atlanta (USA). 2010-2011 Solo exhibition. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2009 “Retrospectiva”. Fine Arts Municipal Museum. Tandil. Buenos Aires (Argentina). Solo exhibition. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2008 “Retrospectiva”. Teatro Argentino. La Plata. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2007 “100 Años de Pintura Argentina”. La Plata and Mendoza (Argentina). “Artistas por Argentina”. Sívori Museum. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2006 “30 Años”. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2005 “Caballos en Libertad”. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina). “Las Obras del 10”. MALBA. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2004 “Osos de Berlín en Buenos Aires”. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina). Latin American Painting Contest. Borges Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina). “Homenaje a Dalí”. Zurbarán Gallery. Buenos Aires (Argentina). “Palais de Papel”. Palais de Glace. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2003 “Chandon por el Arte”. Recoleta’s Cultural Center. Buenos Aires (Argentina). Casa FOA ’03. Buenos Aires. (Argentina) Altera Gallery. Pinamar. Buenos Aires (Argentina). 2002 “Artistas por Argentina”. A.P.A. Sívori Museum. Buenos Aires (Argentina).
  • available works on artbco

    Primavera-Verano

    USD 14,000 / USD 420

    Perfume de Mujer

    USD 14,000 / USD 420

    De Colores

    USD 17,000 / USD 510

    Dedos de oro

    USD 40,000 / USD 1,200

    Dibujador

    USD 14,000 / USD 420

    Dibujadora

    USD 14,000 / USD 420

    Encendidos

    USD 17,000 / USD 510

    Enfranjados

    USD 12,000 / USD 360

    Entretejido

    USD 15,000 / USD 450

    Multicolor

    USD 28,000 / USD 840

    Sumisas

    USD 40,000 / USD 1,200

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