About Clara Berta

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.

Clara Berta abstract artist at easel BertaArt Studio Gallery Los Angeles

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.

“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.”

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, Flow, is the best representation yet of my evolution as an artist and a person. I love layering so I start with my favorite texture and then pour paint multiple times, allowing it to flow. Some days I use minimal colors and sometimes there is an explosion of reds, blues and yellows. This is process of layering, building, and then learning to let go, trust, and allow the magic to happen is how I have learned to deal with life. I never know what the outcome will be until the process is complete. Whether it turns into a face, a mountain, a wave or something else, I truly enjoy discovering where the paint takes me and what people see in its flow.”

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.

Clara Berta
Clara Berta

Clara Berta LA Abstract Artist CV

Awards, Honors and Special Features:

2017 Showtime’s Ray Donovan
2017 Staff Pick Award Made in California, City of Brea Gallery
2017 CBS’s Two Broke Girls
2017 Yelp’s “People Love Us on Yelp” award
2016 Brentwood Country Club Private Collection
2016 Third Place Made in California Juried Exhibit, City of Brea Gallery
2016 ABC’s The Catch
2016 TV film Broken Links by Meir Sharony
2014 Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
2009 Disney film You Again by Andy Fickman
2007 Deepak Chopra’s DVD The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
2003 Art Expo Finalist, Fullerton, CA

Exhibitions:
2018 Breaking Illusions:  Artist as Scientist, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
2011-2018 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Barrett Art Center, New Directions, Poughkeepsie, NY
2017 Made in California, Juried Exhibit, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, 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 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 Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV
2007 NoHo Gallery, North Hollywood, CA
2007 Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
2004 Erotic by Nature, LaPeer Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2004 Lankershim Art Center, North Hollywood, CA
2000 Pick-A-Dilly Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

Education:

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

GALLERY REPRESENTATION by

Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
Heath Gallery, Palm Springs, CA