Christian Bernard


He was born in 1950 in the south of France into a humble family and very far from the art world. Since the age of five he was attracted to image and drawing.  Entirely self-taught and not being able to visit museums or galleries, he was very soon reading art magazines and trying to understand the works of artists such as Picasso, Magritte, Juan Gris, Chardin, Dali, Kandinsky and others. It is in this diversity and eclecticism that my love for art developed.

It was not until the age of seventeen that he attended my first exhibition: "Picasso Retrospective" in Avignon, France. This encounter with Picasso through original works was a shock to me and the beginning of a life entirely devoted to image.

During the following 40 years, his work continued to evolve and to change, and his artistic path was strewn with different styles, moods, feelings, frustrations and brainstorming, but always passionately focused on image.  At each period of his artistic life he always had the same passion and fervor in using material, colors, lights and shapes.  After 25 years at the head of an Graphic Design agency and never losing touch with visual arts, he decided to devote myself entirely to my love for artistic creation.

While working for 5 years in the field of sculpture, he wanted to take a new step in the way he expressed himself by creating ''Sentinels'' and ''Dolores''. Sentinels and Dolores are directly inspired by sensations, cultures, memories and real or virtual journeys. The shapes used in Sentinels come from the African Masai tribes, and in Dolores from “Las Meninas'', which was painted in 1569 by Diego Velasquez.

For him, the life and work of an artist should not only be a standard style but also the expression of diversity, exploration and attempts in all media, styles and experiences. Art should be a reflection of life, a path strewn with obstacles, pain, joy and love.

Studio #8, 67-68
Medium: Painting | Sculpture
Birth Place: France

Phone: 305.788.8359