Alejandro Ortega's Profile
Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, my introduction to leather began my junior year of college, while taking a theater class. I stumbled upon a Punchinello mask, which comes from an Italian art form called Commedia d’el Arte. The original Commedia d’el Arte masks were made from leather and in studying Commedia, I learned a lot about the use of leather as a medium in art. In 2007, I traveled to Italy to take a Commedia Mask Making Course at Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali with Maestro Donato Sartori. It was there I learned the difference between techniques taught in books and techniques actually used. I returned with a bigger desire than ever to pursue my desire of working with leather.
Making a mask is a long, involved process. I needed smaller projects that allowed me to practice skills used in mask making, yet didn’t take so long. As a contractor, I enjoyed making things. I started creating…
- Joined November 15, 2010