Looks real, right? But these are not photos. Just take a closer look…this is the work of hyper-realist-still-life-painter Roberto Bernardi.
Italian-born artist Roberto Bernardi describes his work as hyperrealism, a meticulous branch of painting closely related to photorealism.
Bernardi was born in Todi, Italy in 1974. He started to paint at a very young age and his first works in oils date back to the first half of the eighties.
As young student he dedicated himself to the study of Renaissance painting and pictorial technique, which later proved to be extremely important in the development of his personal creativity.
In 1993 he moved to Rome, where he worked as a restorer in the church of San Fransesco a Ripa. After this experience, he dedicated himself full time to the creation of his own hyper-realist works.
In September 1994 Bernardi had is first solo exhibition, obtaining both public recognition and that of the critics.
Since 1997 his works have been included in numerous group survey exhibitions in Europe and the United States including, The New Britain Museum of American Art (U.S.A.) – The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (U.S.A.) – National Museum of Fine Arts (Malta) – Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (U.S.A.) – Louis K. Meisel Gallery and many more.
Going by the examples available in his online gallery, Bernardi is an expert in painting still lifes of chrome, plastic, glass and candy – glossy textured objects that generally don’t lend themselves to being captured realistically in oil on canvas.
The realistic elements of the composition are filtered through a photographic image resulting in a highly technological reproduction.
This image is then successfully translated, using the traditional techniques of oil painting on canvas, to a perfect image of reality.
Despite adopting the aid of advanced photo technology, his personal translation of his subjects follows a classical line, such as the traditional priming of the canvas, as practised by the painters of the 16th and 17th centuries, combined with the perfection of oil painting technique.
A selection of images of Bernardi’s work was posted to a Reddit forum devoted to photography Jan. 16. While the post was wrongly categorized, most users didn’t seem to mind. Some inquired about the artist’s method, and others commented on the historical context of hyperrealism.
Bernardi’s still life follows a mould of classic compositions with great emphasis on the contrast of lightness and transparency further enhanced by his ability to bring out light directly from the objects represented as if they themselves had the capacity to emit light.
His paintings are in numerous public and private collections throughout the world, reports the Huff Post.
In May 2010 Art and Antiques, one of the most prestigious art magazine in the U.S.A., dedicated the front cover to Roberto Bernardi and in the same year, the american art magazine, Poets and Artists, also dedicated the front cover to Roberto Berrnardi and his art dealer Frank Bernarducci.
At the end of 2012 Roberto Bernardi took part in an international museum tour on Photorealism which started at the Kunsthalle Tübingen Museum, Tübingen (Germany).
Bernardi’s paintings are currently on display as part of group exhibits around the world. In May 2013, he will exhibit new work in a solo exhibition at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York.