Ricardo Acevedo Bernal was a Colombian photographer, painter and musician. He was born in 1867 and lived on till 1930. He was director of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and a professor of painting. H is well known for his portraits of noblemen, like Antonio Narino and the President Simon Bolivar.
He got his education in Paris. He also got a medal for his exhibition in Bogota on the centenary of independence. Although he practiced various techniques, he was most successful in the use of oils and pastels in his portraits. He went to New York at a young age. He was influenced by the photographers around who worked in workshops. He was elected as member of the League of Artists in New York in 1894.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, during the time when the worldwide Catholic renewal was taking place, it also affected Colombia. One can see the impact on Ricardo Acevedo’s work who carried out architectural projects.
In 1902, Acevedo left for Europe and studied at the Academy Julien and also attended the workshops of Joaquín Sorolla & Jean Paul Laurens. He returned to his country later and joined the School of Fine Arts in Bogotá. H also won a medal of honor. He traveled to Europe in 1929 and participated with other famous artists in Seville. The following year he died in Rome.
Th photographer Ricardo Acevedo was also an accomplished musician and composed several pieces of recognized merit.