A CELEBRATION OF LIFE : BERTONE
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” as is reality. In his works, Bertone paints his own version of reality for us all to see. He shows life in bits and pieces, taken apart and put back together, more beautiful and colorful than reality suggests.
His contrasts in color create an effect of soothing vibrancy, at once both calming and exciting.
“From my thoughts to my dreams…a consistent recurring mental image emerges from my imagination.”
Conceived in Italy, but born in the USA, I started painting at a local art class in North Bergen, NJ at the age of 5. The classes were held in a small store that was rented out by a teacher named Pepe. That’s when I fell in love with painting and the smell of oil paints. I still get a wonderful sense of comfort from the smell. My oil paint medium has a creamy consistency, so my brushstrokes are usually visible; giving a sense of texture or “feel” to my canvas.
Using geometric forms with color, line and shape my artwork has evolved into a bold imagery of how I feel at the moment of its conception. I love color and experimenting with color! My artwork comes from within me and expresses what’s in my imagination, Sometimes whimsical, other times more serious or surreal like… and sometimes they come from my dreams. Being mostly a self-taught artist has allowed me to develop my personal style at an early age.
My Mother’s passion for design and color was a great influence on me. She inspired me to be a loving person and pursue my passion for Art.
My art has been showcased in galleries internationally.
ARTEXPO NY, New York, N.Y.- March 2007
ARTEXPO NY, NewYork, N.Y.- February 1997
ARTEXPO NY, New York, N.Y,- March 1996
ARTEXPO NY, New York, N.Y.- March 1995
Publications: Third Edition-1988-“Encyclopedia of Living Artists”.– Cover illustration- “Encyclopedia of Living Artists”. –Tenth Anniversary Edition- 1997.–
•“EYE CANDY FOR THE SOUL” Planet Vivid Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, GERMANY, -December.2008 •Gallery 51, Montclair, N.J.-March 24th – April 11th, 2007 •PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Paterson, N.J.- April 1988 •FINE ART CENTER, West Orange, N.J.-June 1987•VISUAL ART GALLERY, Jersey City, N.J.- March 24th – April 24th 1987 •SELTZER GALLERY, 444 Broom Street, SOHO,N.Y. – (Artist Run Cooperative Gallery Shows) April 24th- May 14th 1986
Long Island City, Arts Open “Art to Come” May 17th-22nd 2017•LIC OPEN “New Developments” May 20th-22nd-2016 Long Island City, NY• “Last Dance at The Old Gem Space”, Williamsburg, Brooklyn- A@RJune -2015″NYC SALON SHOWCASE”, Williamsburg, Brooklyn- Arts@RenaissanceFeb-March- 2015•EDARCOM EUROPA GALLERIA D’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA -APRILE 2010 – Roma IN ALLEGATO L’INVITO DELLA MOSTRA EDARCOM EUROPA GALLERIA D’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA via Macedonia, 12/16 – 00179Roma, ITALY•Art Monaco International Artfair, Grimaldi Forum, France- April.2010•Berlin Liste International Art fair, Berlin,Germany- September.2009•BERTONE STUDIO, Montclair, NJ-May 31st- June 30th, 2003•WESTBETH GALLERY, N.Y.C.- June 1997•Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, N.Y.-January 28th – March 4th, 1996•WARD-NASSE GALLERY (Chelsea), NYC-June 5th – July 3rd, 2003•ARTISTS NIGHT, Ridgewood, N.J.- 1995•ART FORMS GALLERY, Red Bank, N.J.- June 10th – July 22nd 1994•A.J. LEDERMAN FINE ART, Hoboken, N.J.- December 1992 – February1993•THE EMERGING COLLECTOR, East Village, N.Y.C.- August, September & October 1989•THE MUSEUM OF THE NATIONAL ARTS FOUNDATION,J.K. Javits Center, N.Y.C., – September 1989•MUSEUM OF LUXEMBOURG, Paris, France- June 1989•NATHENS GALLERY, Paterson, N.J.- February 1989•MERCER STREET GALLERY, 55 Mercer Street, SOHO, N.Y.C.- December 1988•PASSAIC COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Paterson, N.J.- May 1988•MORRIN MILLER GALLERY, 119 West 57, NYC-May 9 – 22 1987•SELTZER GALLERY, 444 Broom Street, N.Y.C.- January & February 1986•KEAN MASON GALLERY, 50 West 57th Street, N.Y.C.- April 5th – 23rd 1983
COLLECTIONS:Larry Kramer & Catherine Brown/ Ron & Susan Katz/ Frank Pace/ Craig M. Schell/ Alan Schwinger/ Alcira Stern/ Denise Lockey/ Milan Kostic/ Susan Brod & Tony Higgins/ Eddie Diaz/ Debra Duckman/ Joseph V. Eagen/ Janice Halle/ Jim De Coursin- Syncom Inc./+ OTHERS