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.