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Everett Arts Association
Everett, Massachusetts
Ndricim Bejko "Jimmy"
Demonstration November 16, 2013
Ndricim Bejko was born in 1970 in Permet City in Albania. Albania at that
time was under the communist system until 1992 when the winds of change
arrived.
"I grew up and lived in Albania for 35 years, and then in 2005 I decided to
immigrate to the USA and I became an American citizen in 2010.
Since I was 7 years old, I was very curious about pictures, paintings and sculptures.
My uncle, who was the principal of my school, was very surprised when he first saw
my drawings. He and my parents pushed me to pursue art.
Ndricim Bejko, "Jimmy" gave a most interesting talk about his work,
at our meeting in November 2013.  This beautiful horse, which is a
work in progress, is a fine example of his talent and love of
sculpting.  He is employed as a lead sculpting assistant, designing
and creating sculpture in conservation, restoration and replicating
historically significant pieces.  Below are some examples of the Head
of David, and Discobolus (The Discus Thrower) that he has
replicated. There are many original pieces on his board of
photographs shown below.  Click on a thumbnail  to view a larger
image. Visit Ndricim's website at
www.bejkoart.com
At age 14 in July 1984 I competed for admission into the artistic high school in Berat City, in which I
won first place. This year determined my future because my dream was coming true. For 4 years, from
1984-1988, this school introduced me to formal art training and shaped my artistic skills.
In 1988 after I finished artistic high school, I competed for admission into the Fine Art Academy in
Tirana City, the capital city of Albania. This school is still the only academy of art in Albania. The
corruptive government halted my dream to go through 4 years of school here.
In 1992 Albania changed the system from communism to democracy. As one of the poorest countries in
Europe, Albania was no longer able to ensure future prosperity to its people. Therefore, many people
chose to cross the borders going to the new world for a better life and a good future. I was one of them
and I tried more than 4 times to start a new life in Greece.         
In the year 2000, my dream of going to art school came true. I received first place of 630 competitors
for entry into the Fine Art Academy in Tirana City. Only 50 students were accepted. As opposed to the
Classical art program in the artistic high school, at the Fine Art Academy contemporary art was the
focus of study. This had not been the case since the Communist Party came into power in 1944.
The Academy deepened my knowledge of Classic and contemporary art. I consolidated styles,
techniques and new materials to expand my sculpting abilities. I also explored and expanded my painting
techniques and choices of media.
In 2003, I was chosen as a student representative in deanery.  
In 2004, I received my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Tirana Fine Art Academy. During the period
from 2000-2004, I worked in different artists’ studios assisting them and I also participated in some
exhibitions organized by the Academy.
In July 2004, the lottery from the USA finally arrived. I had been applying for the lottery since 1993.
Leaving my country was a very crucial moment in my life. In January 2005, my wife, 2 children, and I
left our country to pursue our dreams in the United States of America.
Once there, I started working at Amvona Company as a packer. Meanwhile, I started learning English at
home and taking English classes.
In May 2006, I started working at Skylight Studios in Woburn as a professional sculptor and I have been
there ever since. I work side-by-side with studio owner and sculptor Robert Shure. I have worked on
numerous commissions for private and public institutions, including cities and towns, schools, parks and
churches, from concept to final product. I apply the traditional principles of Classical art to my designs
and also advise on the composition of commissioned private and public artworks, memorials and
monuments. I have restored, preserved, and reproduced many artworks, including sculptures and
paintings.
I taught art at East Boston Early Education Center from 2008-2009 and I also took English courses at
Bunker Hill Community College from 2008-2012."