Artist Clara Berta in studio in Downtown Los Angeles

“My approach to art is bold, deconstructed, sensual, and passionate. My technique of adding and removing texture and paint with a large palette knife allows me to create movement until I discover the painting I was meant to create.”

Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning abstract artist of Hungarian heritage. Her dynamic, highly textural abstract paintings have been exhibited in the United States and collected worldwide.

At first, art was simply a creative outlet which was set aside after she married. But in 2003 the passion came back and Clara began studying printmaking. That same year, Clara embarked on another artistic endeavor when she wrote, produced and performed her one-woman show Sex is My Specialty, receiving rave reviews. However, shortly after that success, Clara lost her husband. Grieving, she returned to painting as a form of therapy. The experience was so healing and rewarding that Clara dedicated herself to art full-time.

In 2008 she studied advanced composition and technique at the Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. Her early works were mixed media, often incorporating mementos from her travels or found objects. After finding gallery representation in 2011, she shifted her style to larger, more abstract works with more layers, textures, and depth. As Clara became more prolific, she needed a larger space and in 2015 she opened BertaArt Studio Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, now a popular stop on the Downtown LA Art Walk.

In 2016 she was honored with a 3rd place award at the Made In California exhibit at the City of Brea Municipal Gallery, where her piece Awakening was featured on the cover of the Brea catalog. Awakening was the start of Clara’s Flow series, which incorporated a new technique of pouring paint in a series of layers across the canvas and allowing it to flow, resulting in bold and intriguing shapes with a strong emotional impact.

“My latest series, Minimalism, was inspired by the philosophy of the renowned German architect, Mies van der Rohe, who created an influential twentieth-century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. He created architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of unobstructed free-flowing open space.

I begin with a blank canvas contemplating colors and the direction of the work. I pour water and acrylic paint on the blank surface, move the canvas to change the form of the poured paint, allow the paint to dry, and then apply additional multiple layer until the form is complete. The process is slow and painstaking to allow the form to appear and set. I follow my intuition using exciting colors and forms to portray my energy in a “Zen” space.”

Clara also wanted to share the healing power of art and began teaching others to express themselves through painting. Her students love her enthusiastic yet gentle guidance and she recently received Yelp’s “People Love Us on Yelp” award for the many 5-star reviews of her art classes and from collectors of her art.

Abstract Artist CV

2018    Showtime’s Ray Donovan
2018    20th Century Fox Television Modern Family
2018    ABC Studios The Better Half
2018    CBS Studios N.C.I.S.
2017    20th Century Fox Television Ghosted
2017    CBS Studios Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
2017    Showtime’s Ray Donovan
2017    Staff Pick Award Made in California, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
2017    CBS’s Two Broke Girls
2017    Yelp’s “People Love Us on Yelp” Award
2016    Made in California Juried Exhibit, Third Place Prize, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
2016    ABC’s The Catch
2016    Broken Links TV film by Meir Sharony
2014    Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
2009    You Again, Disney film by Andy Fickman
2007    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra DVD
2003    Art Expo, Finalist Award, Fullerton, CA

2016    Brentwood Country Club Private Collection

2016    Digital Hollywood – Women Entrepreneurs: Sharing Experience – Real Life Stories – Building the Brand, the Personal and the Company Identity – Panel
2015    Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School – Teaching junior high students how to use mixed media techniques to create abstract paintings.
2015    Pasadena Women’s Shelter – painting class

2018     Office Hours, The Main Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2018     Gallimaufry, Winter Group Show, FP Contemporary, Culver City, CA
2018     The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
2018     Art in the Gardens, Group Show, LaQuinta, CA
2018     Palm Springs Annual Modernism Week, Heath Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2018     Pictures At An Exhibition, LA Phil and BertaArt Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018    Breaking Illusions: Artist as Scientist, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2011-2018    Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2017    New Directions, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2017    Made in California, Juried Exhibit, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
2017    CA 101 – It Takes a Village, Friends of Redondo Beach Arts, Redondo Beach, Ca
2016    Made in California, Juried Exhibit, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
2015    Vision of LA Fest, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2015    Michael Kate Interiors, Santa Barbara, CA
2015    Black and White, JCC Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013    Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL
2012    Gem, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
2010    Barnsdall Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
2009    Art: Raw/Gallery, New York, NY
2009    20th Anniversary Juried Show, Thicket of Art: Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV
2006    The art of News, NoHo Gallery, North Hollywood, CA
2004    Erotic by Nature, Solo Show, LaPeer Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2004    Spectrum, Lankershim Art Center, North Hollywood, CA
2000    Pick-A-Dilly Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

2016    Abstract Painting and Color – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2014    Abstract Painting, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Independent Study, Santa Monica, CA
2008    Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy
2008    Mixed Media, Carol W. Slade, Independent Study, Los Angeles, CA
2007    Riverside Art Museum, Printmaking Workshop
2007    Abstract Painting, Annie Wharton, Independent Study, Los Angeles, CA
2004    Mixed Media, University of California, Independent Study, Los Angeles, CA
2003    Monotype, Lynn Bernay, Independent Study, Valley Village, CA

Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
D Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
MAC Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL