Native of Caceres, Antonio C. Bernal has 40 years of experience in Academic Painting, Figurative Art, Graphic Design and Creativity. At present, he specializes in portrait painting using an impressionistic style and loose brushwork.
Between 1972 and 1988, he worked at prominent multinationals in Madrid, e.g. McCann Erickson, Tandem, Delvico Bates and Comunicarte, where he held positions such as Graphic Designer, Art Director and Creative Director.
In 1989, Antonio moved to South America, where his creative activity was greatly broadened, and where he spent a whole decade. In Bolivia, he was offered a position as professor of the Applied Arts and Graphic Design program at the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
In 1999, Antonio returned to Spain, where his artistic talents continued to develop at his workshop in the town of Castañar de Ibor, Caceres.
He has taught several courses and seminaries on creativity, graphic design, painting, drawing and portraits in the Americas, Spain and Norway.
Antonio’s commissioned works have included those from private and public clients and institutions in Europe, Uruguay, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
1972 ATELIER 606, Madrid - Art Editor Assistant and Layout Artist
1973 - 1975 PUBLICIDAD 70, Madrid - Art Editor Assistant and Layout Artist
1975 - 1978 FERNANDO MEDINA DISEÑO, Madrid - Layout Artist
1978 - 1980 MADISON, Madrid - Graphic Designer
1980 - 1985 McCANN ERICKSON, Madrid - Graphic Designer and
Junior Art Director
1985 TANDEM DDB NEEDHAM, Madrid - Senior Art Director
1986 - 1987 DELVICO BATES, Madrid - Senior Art Director
1987 - 1989 VITRUVIO. FCA., Madrid - Freelance
PUBLINSA. S.A., Madrid - Freelance
TAPSA/NWAyer, Madrid - Freelance
CONTRAPUNTO, Madrid - Freelance
COMUNICARTE, Madrid - Graphic Designer
1989 - 1991 FREELANCE, Madrid - Graphic Designer
1992 - 1999 COMUNICARTE, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
General Manager and Creative Director
1993 - 2018 International Portrait Painter Specialist
1990 - 1996 Professor in the Graphic Design and Applied Arts program,
UPSA University – Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
1998 - 1999 Professor in the Faculty of Communications Studies and
Applied Arts – UTEPSA University, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
2000 - 2016 Drawing, painting and portrait workshops at The University
of Extremadura – Plasencia Folk University
Castañar de Ibor Workroom, Caceres, and at
Da Vinci Academy, Palma de Mallorca
2017 Watercolor Painting Course, Plasencia - Caceres
2018 Charcoal Portrait Course, Navalmoral de la Mata Folk University, Caceres
2018 Watercolor Painting Course, Ljosheim – Dale i Sunnfjord, Noruega
1993 1st Graphic Expo of Comunicarte, SRL – Bolivia
1999 Portraits at Cultural Centre of Castañar de Ibor, Caceres
2000 Monographic Exhibition at Cultural Hall of Navalmoral, Caceres
2001 ‘Figures’ at Cultural Centre of Castañar de Ibor, Caceres
2001 IV Painting Contest – UNED, Plasencia
2002 ‘Posada del Rincon’ Rural Hotel – Guadalupe, Caceres
2003 Country Folk, Plaza de Neptuno Restauran – Madrid
2004 Collective Exhibition, BBAA Eulogio Blasco School – Caceres
2005 Collective Exhibition, BBAA Eulogio Blasco School – Caceres
2007 Mallorca's Light, GALA Galerie - Palma de Mallorca
2008 Monographic Exhibition, La Cartuja Chapter House – Mallorca
2009 Digital Presentation – Casa Fraternidad, Lourdes, Francia
2011 Figueira – Minas Gerais, Brazil
2011 Digital Presentation, Coraçao Sagrado – Fatima, Portugal
2012 Casa Redencion – Salto, Uruguay
2015 EXPO-SIBLE Exhibition, Rodrigo Davila School – Castañar de Ibor, Caceres
2016 Collective Exhibition, Rodrigo Davila School – Castañar de Ibor, Caceres
2017 Collective Exhibition, CRISOLART GALLERIES, Barcelona
2017 Portrait Exhibition, "Las Claras" – Plasencia, Caceres
2018 Watercolor Painting Exhibition, Rodrigo Davila School – Castañar de Ibor, Caceres
2018 «Atterskin» (Reflexions) Art Exhibits, Studio Nova City Hall (2 days) and Ljosheim (3 days) – Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway
1991 At Your Pace – Poetic prose, Illustrated
1992 The Light that Surrounds Us – Poetic prose, Illustrated
1998 ANKAR –Creative method
Opinion of prominent Artists
“Antonio Bernal’s works of art seem to have been painted by an angel. They remind me of the work of Friar Angelico"
Antonio Lopez Garcia. Yuste, Autumn 2003
Antonio Bernal with painter Antonio Lopez Garcia, at the Plastic Arts Workshop, held during the XXV Autumn Salon of Plasencia’s Painting (2003).
“In his portraits, Antonio Bernal has the ability to depict the soul of the person being portrayed"
Don Felix Revello de Toro. Barcelona, 2002