Juan Bernal is a renowned Colombian artist best known for his portrayals of nature. His work belongs to a number of museum collections in the United States and Colombia and has appeared in more than 50 group exhibitions and 25 solo shows across the United States, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Ecuador, Spain and Colombia. Among other special projects, Bernal has completed works commissioned by the Governor's Mansion in Bogota, the Colombian Consulate in New York and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities in Washington, DC.  He received his degree in architecture from Javeriana University in Bogota and has trained in painting, drawing, etching, and glass work with masters such as Glenn Echo, Fernando Villar, and Camila Paez.  


2018 "Retospective," Colombian Consulate, New York, NY
2016 "Paintings," Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY
2016 "Pure and Simple," Hudson River Museum, New York, NY
2014 "Flora," Habima National Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2015 "Rocio," Leonard Tourne Gallery, New York, NY
2013 "Fotofragments," Leonard Tourne Gallery, New York, NY
2012 "Dew," Leonard Tourne Gallery, New York, NY
2011 "Tears of Nature," Lumen Gallery, New York, NY
2011 "Coconut Grove Art Fair," Coconut Grove, FL
2010 "The Affordable Art Fair," New York, NY
2010 "Giants of the Andes," Bayer Headquarters, Whippany, NJ
2010 "Mutis and Botanical Art," Queens Museum, Queens, NY
2010 "Arte Bolivariano," Argentinian Consulate, New York, NY
2010 "Artistas del Segundo Centenario," Venezuelan Consulate, New York, NY
2009 "Latin American Art," Promoarte, Tokyo, Japan
2009 "Surface and Depth," Terrain Gallery, New York, NY
2008 "Ecofest," Lincoln Center, New York, NY
2008 "Close Encounters," Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn, NY
2008 "The Light," Mary Benson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
2008 "Eternal Bamboo," Shinjuku Park Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2008 "Reflections of Venice," International Center, New York, NY
2007 "Eternal Bamboo," Wang Fung Art Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 "NJMS Arts," New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
2007 "Shame," Red Saw Gallery, Newark, NJ
2006 "Erotic Drawings," Lounge Zen, Teaneck, NJ
2006 "Landscapes," Colombian Mission to the United Nations, New York, NY
2006 "Rain Forest," Echo Gallery, New York, NY
2006 "Victorias," Aline Matsika Interiors, New York, NY
2005 "Nature's Designs," Colombian Consulate, New York, NY
2005 "Images," BB&T, Corporate Art Program, Fairfax, VA
2004 "Rain Forest," Colombian Embassy, Washington, DC
2004 "Spirits of Nature," Cox Communications, Fairfax, VA
2004 "Vital Essence," First Virginia Bank, Fairfax, VA
2003 "Dew," Miller Fine Art, Alexandria, VA
2003 "Organic Geometry," Roulette Gallery, Kensington, MD
2002 "Fragmentos," American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
2001 "Ventanas," Colombian Coffee Federation, New York, NY
2001 "Virginia Beach Arts Festival," Virginia Beach, VA
2001 "Windows," Eklektikos Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2001 "Windows on Colombia," HNTB Architecture, Washington, DC
2001 "Coconut Art Grove Arts Festival," Coconut Grove, FL
1999 "Art Expo," New York, NY
1999 "Windows," Colombian Consulate, New York, NY
1999 "Bambusa Guadua," El Nogal Club, Bogotá, Colombia
1998 "Art Miami," Miami, FL
1998 "Paisajes," The State Bank, Popayán, Colombia
1998 "El Condado Gallery," Quito, Ecuador
1997-1998 Astoria Fine Art, Coral Gables, FL
1997 "Paisajes de la Sabana," J.B. Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
1997 Hotel Bogotá Royal, Bogotá, Colombia, 1997
1996 "Cupica," J.B.Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
1995 "Cocora," J.B.Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
1994 "Brumas," J.B Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
1990 "La Galleria," Cajica, Colombia
1989 Aexandes, Bogotá, Colombia
1987 The Antioquia House, Bogotá, Colombia


2011 "New York Contemporary Photographs," Terrain Gallery, New York, NY
2010 "Photography Group Show," Besharat Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010 "Art Of The Americas,” IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery, Palacio de la Moneda, Santiago, Chile
2010 "Artists of the Second Centenial," Argentinian Consulate, New York, NY
2010 "Biodiversity Salon," Colombian Consulate, Madrid, Spain
2009 "Hispanic American Artists Celebration," International Immigrants Center, New York, NY
2009 "Hispanic Heritage," Rotunda Gallery, Jersey City Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2009 "Surface and Depth," Terrain Gallery, New York, NY
2009 "Collaborative Improvisation," Expresiones Cultural Center, New London, CT
2009 "Hispanic Heritage," General Electric Gallery
2009 "Paintings of Latin American Artists," Venezuelan Consulate, New York, NY
2007 "Cool Aid," Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY
2007 "Salon de Artistas Colombianos," Centro Civico Colombiano, Queens, NY
2006 "212 Art Fair," The Armory, New York, NY
2006 "Multiple Works," Newark Art Council, Newark, NJ
2006 "Latin Views," Mystic Point Arts Center, Mystic, CT.
2006 "Place and Time," Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, Rockville, MD
2006 "Canticles of Creation," Theological Union, Washington, DC
2005 "The Human Form," Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
2005 "Art with an Accent," Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
2005 "I'm Ready for My Close Up," Capitol Arts Networks, Washington, DC
2005 "National Small Works," Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington, DC
2004 "Artomatic," The IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery, Washington, DC
2004 "Artful Gourmet," Light Street Gallety, Baltimore, MD
2004 "12th Photo Exhibition," Maryland Federation of Arts, Baltimore, MD
2004 "Science and Art," American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
2004 "12th Photography Exhibition," Maryland Federation of Art, Baltimore, MD
2004 "Hispanic Heritage Month," J.P. Morgan Chase, Houston, TX
2004 "Recent Latin American Art," Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
2004 "Art at the Officer's Club," Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC
2004 "The Portrait Project," Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA
2004 "Wall Flowers," Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2004 "Food and Still Life," The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2003 "Crossing Boundaries," Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2003 "International Miniature Print," Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
2003 "Our Voices, Our Images," Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
2003 The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2003 "Patrons Show," The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2003 "Spring 2003 Art Exhibition," American Association of Science, Washington, DC
2003 "Adventure," Schlesinger Center, Alexandria, VA
2003 "Seeing the Light," Washington National Cathedral
2002 11th Annual National Photo Expo, Maryland Federation of Art, Baltimore, MD
2002 2nd National Print Show, Creede Arts Council, Denver, CO
2002 Washington Printmakers Association, Washington, DC
2001 "Hispanic Heritage Celebration," Children's Hospital, Washington, DC
2001 "American Landscape 2001," Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
2001 "Contemporary Realism," Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, Alexandria, VA
2001 The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2001 "New Works," Eklectikos Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2001 "The Enduring Landscape," Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
2000 4th Annual Juried Show, Gallery West, Alexandria, VA
2000 Small Format Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2000 Large Format Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA
1999 "Plástica Colombiana en NY," Euroamerica Gallery, New York, NY
1999 The Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bogotá, Colombia
1998 "Cincel y Pincel," Quito Tennis and Golf Club, Quito, Ecuador
1998 "Latin Expressions," Euro America Gallery, New York, NY
1998 "Contemporary Colombian Artists," Florida Museum of Hispabnic Art, Coral Gables, FL
1998 Fifth Watercolor Biennial, Barcelona, Spain
1998 "3th Watercolor International Biennial," National Museum of Watercolor, Mexico City, Mexico
1998 "Mensajes Latinos," The Florida Museum at El Bohemio News, San Francisco, CA
1998 Contemporary Latin American Art, Broward Community College, Coral Gables, FL
1997 Instalaciones en Vidrio y Metal, Andino-Centro Comercial, Bogota, Colombia
1996 Primera Bienal Del Vidrio, VitreArte, Bogota, Colombia
1996 Acuarelas de Colombia, Museo Nacional de la Acuarela, Coyoacan, Mexico
1995 "Pincel de Oro," United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
1994 "Vidrio: Arte y Alquimia," Artesanias de Colombia, Ministerio de Desarrollo
1990 "Vitreaux," Centre internacional Du Vitrail, Chartres, France


INBAR, International Bamboo and Rattan Institute, Beijing, China
M.A.C. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Bogotá, Colombia
Museo de Arte Bolivariano, Santa Marta, Colombia
Museo Colsubsidio, Bogotá, Colombia
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
The National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT
Portland Museum of Fine Art, Portland, OR
Colombian Embassy, Washington, DC

Colombian Consulate, New York, NY

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
New Convention Center, Washington, DC
Inter American Development Bank, Washington, DC
The Washington Post, Washington, DC
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC


"Cocora," Colombian Consulate, New York, NY
2005 "Art Walk," DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC                        
2004 "Pandamania," DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
2003 "Far Away," Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
2003 "Gigantes de los Andes," Mural for the Colombian Consulate, New York, NY
2003 "Tropical Bird," Beach Birds, Ocean City, MD
2002 "Bamburrito," Party Animals, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
1997-98 "Giants of the Andes" Murals, Office of the Governor, Bogotá, Colombia​ 
1997 Stained Glass Windows, Governor's Council Hall, Bogotá, Colombia
1990 Glass Sculpture, Jose Maria Cordoba Airport, Medellin, Colombia


2009 "Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant," The Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York, NY
2009 Honorable Recipient, ArtGrants, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington DC
2005 "Art Walk," Grant by The Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
2004 The Equal Award, The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2003 Purchase Award, International Miniature Print Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Printing, Norwalk, CT
2001 Merit Award, Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, VA
2001 Honorary Mention in Watercolor, The Art League, Alexandria, VA
2000 Medal of Merit, Ministry of Development, Colombian Artisans, Bogotá, Colombia
1990 Best in Contest, First Stained Glass International Salon, Alzate Avendaño Foundation, Bogotá, Colombia
1986 Honorary Mention, Salon de Fuego, Museum of Actual Art, Bogotá, Colombia
1981 First Prize Design and Expansion of the Music Conservatory Building, Ibague, Colombia


2000-2003 Etching and Lithography, Penny Barringer, Discover Graphics, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
2000-2001 Live Drawing, Glenn Echo, Bethesda, MD
1995-2000 Pottery, Fernando Villar, Bogota, Colombia
1990-1995 Jewelry, Mercedes Pacheco, Bogota, Colombia
1986-1987 Blown Glass, New York, NY
1980 Stained Glass, Camila Paez, Bogotá, Colombia
1975 Textiles, Clara Ines Palau, Bogotá, Colombia
1971 Drawing, Painting and Photography, Mount Vernon H.S.


"Yonkers Program Adds Mural on South Broadway and Mural Alley," Westchester Journal News, May 30, 2017
“Dot Art: A Green Refuge from Turmoil” by Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times, October 2008
Center News, The International Center NY, May 2008
"What Is On: Eternal Bamboo, Beijing, China," The China Daily, December 6, 2007
"Art that Moves," The Mystic Times, October 2006
"Art and Literature," The Washington Diplomat, October 2003
"In the Arts," The Alexandria Gazette, September 2003
"Colombian Triumph," El Tiempo, January 2003
"Arts Spaces," The Washington Post,  December 2002
"Party Animals," The Washington Post, July 2002
"Artist Juan Bernal Triumphs in the United States," El Tiempo, June 2002
"Bla, Bla, Bla," El Heraldo, January 2002
"Enduring Landscape," The Reston Times, July 2001
"Landscapes of Paradise," Latin American Post, March 2000
"Lo mejor," El Tiempo, May 1991