CONTEMPORARY ARTIST Clara Berta
“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
AWARDS, HONORS AND SPECIAL FEATURES:
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
PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS:
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 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