Alejandro Bertolo initiated his journey into
Japanese aesthetics at an early age.

At the age of 17 he started his formal training in “sumi-e” (monochrome ink painting) and Shodō (Japanese calligraphy) with the Japanese artists Tazuko NIIMURA and Sho FUNAKI. Later on, with artist Hiroshi YAMAMOTO, he perfected the techniques of polychrome painting with the use of mineral pigments and gold leaf.

He advanced further on in the art of Japanese calligraphy under the guidance of Master Calligrapher Masako Inkyo. He learned the Japanese techniques of mounting paintings as well as folding screen-making during the restoring of the Japanese collection of the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC.

Alejandro is a signature member of Artists for Conservation. As such, he paints wildlife, particularly those species threatened with extinction, sketching his subjects from life in their natural habitats. He continues to explore the infinite intricacies of Buddhist paintings in its various forms, as well as the playful rendition of Japanese traditional imaginary creatures. In Japanese calligraphy, he specializes in the ancient “kana” as well as the “sutra” styles.