Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning mixed media artist, originally from Hungary. Inspired by her love of nature and the beauty she sees all around, her highly textural abstract works often evoke the deep blues of the ocean she loves, or the golden glow of a Tuscan sunset from her trips to Italy.
Berta has concentrated on abstract expressionism through painting and unique monotypes. Her paintings and prints explore themes such as the ebb and flow of memory, the significance of personal heritage, renewal, the passing of physical time, desire, passion, and love. Her large-scale abstract works often include recycled reminders of her travels, bits of fabric, or eco-friendly / organic materials such as palm bark. Manipulating the texture with many layers of paint, she will work and re-work her canvases, layering, scraping, piling up textures to give added dimension, creating works that intrigue and invite the viewer in for closer inspection.
Believing that art offers therapeutic relief from the challenges and stress people face in their daily lives, Berta shares her beliefs and abilities by teaching advanced painting techniques and collage classes in her beautiful sunny loft/studio in downtown Los Angeles. Ultimately, Berta is hoping to share one basic message through her art and teaching:
“Life is what we make it. Beauty can be found in most everything. For example, my car broke down and I found a torn tire next to the freeway. Now, it’s a piece of art. You can create from nothing and then make something out of it. That’s what makes it beautiful.”