Few months after his birth, due to the large massacre in Petrovac in the s, the Berber family arrived to Banja Luka as refugees to escape the fighting as the World War II spilled over into the Balkans.
Mersad Berber Mersad Berber was the most considerable artist to emerge from the chaos the Balkan wars of the s. His last substantial showing before his death was a large retrospective, covering his whole career, held in at the CaixaForum in Barcelona.
The paintings exhibited, as a memorial to his career and work, focus on aspects of it that have brought him worldwide admiration. These include elegant female portraits, based on High Renaissance prototypes, with which he challenged the 16th century masters of the Venetian school; paraphrases of Velazquez, which express his profound admiration for the great Spanish master; and paintings of horses, which recall his love for the peasant life of the Bosnian countryside.
There are also some touching and penetrating self-portraits, made shortly before his death. They give a good idea of the breadth of his cultural interests, but the frequent fragmentation of the images also makes it clear that these are the product of an extremely contemporary sensibility.
All paintings are oil on canvas or panel and include elements of various mixed media, which on numerous occasions continue on to the frame.For more extensive artist's bio, articles and list of exhibitions, visit artist(s) website(s).
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Mersad Berber, one of the greatest and most distinctive Bosnian painters and graphic artists, was born on January, 1, in Bosanski Petrovac, a small town in western Bosnia in former Yugoslavia. View Mersad Berber artworks sold at auction to research and compare prices.
In he was in Ljubljana, completing his painting studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Maksim Sedej and attending his M.A. in the graphic arts with professor Riko Debenjak.
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