Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ricardo Acevedo Bernal

Portrait of Simon Bolivar
other details unknown

Ricardo Acevedo Bernal (1867-1930) was a Colombian portrait painter, composer and photographer. In addition to his portraits of historical figures and current notables, he was also a lover of Colombian folk music and composed several pasillos.

He attended the Colegio Mayor de San Bartolome, then enrolled at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. Later, he went to New York and remained for eight years, working at various photography studios. He returned to Colombia in 1898. He created religious murals at several churches, and became a Professor at the Escuela and established his own art school in 1901. In 1902, he went to Paris to study at the Academie Julian. Upon his return, he was awarded a medal at an exposition celebrating 100 years of Colombian independence.

Between 1911 and 1918, he was the Director of the Escuela Nacional and founded the art gallery at the Museo Nacional de Colombia. In 1928, then President honored him by giving him the title Artista Maximo. The following year, he was appointed as the Colombian consul in Rome.