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Gilbert Bernal

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Sun Valley

Birth year

Lives in
Santa Clarita

Works in
Santa Clarita


Los Angeles Mission College, 2007, Certificate

graffiti/street-art, photography, traditional, pop, mixed-media, figurative, abstract, prisma color, markers, ink, portraits, celebrities, illustrations, Cigar Box Portraits

The Cigar Box Portrait Originator

Gilbert A. Bernal Jr.

is an award winning visual artist, originator of the Cigar Box Portrait. His work can be found on most social media sites

His work was on display during the Canoga Park Art Walk for the summer of 2013.

Current exhibits on display :

  • Canoga Park Art Gallery 21620 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
  • The House of Brews 231 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

Gilbert was born & grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Attended elementary schools in Pacoima graduated from Pacoima Jr High. In 1996 he received his high school diploma from City of Angels Independent studies. During his childhood he realized his talent and love for visual art. He was inspired by cartoons, comics & the art around him. He was constantly practicing by trying to copy characters like Wolverine, Punisher, Batman & Spider-man from the comics he read. He was always encouraged by his family to continue practicing art & learn as much as he could. It wasn’t till his time with the military was over did he decide to take art serious, study it & pursue it as a career.

In Aug 1996 Gilbert joined the armed forces & served in the United States Army till April 2001. He toured Europe while stationed in Germany for two years. Gilbert took the opportunity while living in another country to soak in the German culture and European way of life. When Gilbert returned from the military he decided to use his GI Bill college fund towards his art education. During his time at LA Mission College Gilbert was able to focus on his talent & turn it into a skill. At Mission College the instructors worked with him to understand & speak the language of visual art. When asked about what he gained from his college education his reply was, “You really don’t know what you don’t know until you take a class at college level”. While in attendance at LA Mission College, Gilbert Bernal participated in the student art show & received the 2007 Art Achievement Award along with a $400 dollar scholarship. He also began to get his feet wet in the local art scene by appearing at shows in Boyle Heights & other local venues. One night during class a gallery owner was visiting looking at students paint. During this visit Gilbert was invited to display his art work at La Galleria Gitana in San Fernando for 2009 The Best of the Best of LA Mission show.

After getting into a few art shows Gilbert realized this is what he wanted to do with his art. So he devotes his talent & energy at being an exhibiting artist.In 2010 he participated in the 8th Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program at the Los Angeles Superior Court & won Jurors Choice Award. Between the years 2010 to present Gilbert has worked at getting his work in the public eye. Whether it’s on the Venice boardwalk or in galleries around LA Gilbert has attempted to intrigue as many audiences around the world. Through his study & practice Gilbert has become versatile with mediums such as charcoal, paint, graphite, ink & other methods to produce hisart. Always in search of new ideas and ways to interpret the world through his art, Gilbert developed a style that he can call his own.

Recent Exhibits

Gilbert Bernal participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2012 Funky Flocks and Flying Feathers
Cactus Gallery
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