was born in Marola di Chiuppano, in northern Italy, just a few short miles from
the Palladian centers of Vicenza, Verona, and Venice, where, like a good
wine, music, or song, art is embraced and regarded as an integral part of
everyday life. For Bortolo, art has been a life-long journey of exploration
that began when he won all three top prizes in a national art competition while
still in grade school.
After immigrating to Canada and completing high
school, Bortolo went on to study at the Kootenay School of Art and with the
American School of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as at Douglas College
and Kwantlen University College where he received a Fine Arts Diploma.
Ultimately, he and his wife Judy settled in White Rock, on the Semiahmoo
Peninsula, to raise their family.
Bortolo constantly challenges his creativity by
working in various media. His fascination with light and compositional elements
fills his paintings with beauty and passion that is much sought after by both
collectors and students alike. Bortolo's work is all about emotion, colour, and
distilling the fleeting moment of inspiration: that evanescent spark that
stimulates his imagination and compels him to cry out with joy at the sight of a
sunbeam filtering through the silence of a mist-shrouded shore. Always he seeks
to capture that instant and the beauty around him, and to share his vision with
Bortolo is a member of the Federation of Canadian
Artists. He has had numerous successful exhibitions both in Canada and in his
native Italy where he has developed a large following and has received much
critical acclaim. His work has been selected for calendar and magazine covers
and his paintings are held in both corporate and private collections across
Canada, the U.S., Japan, Britain, and Italy.