Wayne Bertola is an artist living and working in Chicago. When asked about his background Wayne replies:
“In response to questions concerning my training and schooling etc. I am, for lack of a better term, self-taught… Influences have ranged from the iconography of Roman Catholicism to the collages of Max Ernst, the constructions of Joseph Cornell and the visionary art of Henry Darger. I prefer that the work in question speaks for itself in its own voice without being burdened with autobiographical and or didactic references.”
Looking at Wayne’s work I can see where his statement comes from: each and every piece is constructed from several elements, from intricate wooden frames to vintage photos, and each of those elements is a part of a story the piece is telling us as observers. I love the detail in Wayne’s work, and how – although all quite different and unique – his work combined seems like a library of collected tales.
You can find more of Wayne’s work on his website. Enjoy!
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