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Meet Clara Berta of BertaArt Studio Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clara Berta.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Clara. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
From the beginning my life has taken some very unexpected turns. I grew up in a culturally rich Hungarian enclave in Romania until my family and I moved to the US when I was eleven years old. I was married and divorced by the time I was 24 and then I ventured out to California to start a new life. Eventually, I remarried, but lost my husband. However, no matter which way life took me, I always kept coming back to art. Art saved me. I now live and work in Downtown Los Angeles where the energy, light, colors and people of the city inspire me every day.

I love layering so I start with my favorite texture and then add and remove paint until the essence of the painting is revealed. Some days I use minimal colors and sometimes there is an explosion of reds, blues, and yellows. This 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.

“I am a unique person and therefore my work is unique. My approach is bold, deconstructed, sensual, and passionate. I like using offset primary colors, especially bold vibrant ones, as well as creating high contrast black and white paintings. I find inspiration in nature, people, the city where I live and work, and through teaching. I paint from emotions – my work is personal and it comes from my life, my history, and my culture. My Hungarian roots have helped me to explore a classical approach to art, but it is always evolving, to stay modern and create the contemporary art that my collectors are looking for from me.”

“My artworks speak a kind of visual language, a push forward in new directions and achievements. Art has been very healing for me, and I wish to share that with the world. I think it is like therapy, giving relief from the challenges and stress people face in their daily lives. That is why I teach – to offer respite from everyday life, and also provide an insider’s view into the world of fine art.”


Manipulating her vision through several layers of acrylic paint, Clara spends time creating her paintings. She will work and re-work her canvases, layering the colors, scraping some away, adding texture paste to build up dimension and create depth. Sometimes she will add a shiny topcoat of resin, making her latest works resonate with brilliant color and high gloss, appearing as if under glass. By the time they are complete in their passage through these many processes, her abstract paintings already have a history. Their depth invites the viewer to explore not only the surface, but also the inner language of the painting – the meaning she is trying to convey.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road as interruptions get in the way.  Some of my struggles were to find the right studio space to create and in Downtown Los Angeles studio prices were high.  I am very grateful I found a great studio with 1,000 sq. ft. and it is only two blocks from my loft.  Now I can focus on creating and painting large abstract works and teaching more students.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the BertaArt Studio Gallery story. Tell us more about the business.
Clara Berta is a Los Angeles-based Abstract Artist living and working in the heart of the newly revitalized Downtown Los Angeles. BertaArt Studio Gallery is listed on the Downtown LA Art Walk map, and is now a popular stop on the Second Thursday DTLA Art Walk. A prolific contemporary fine art painter with an extensive body of work, Clara creates new abstract paintings every month, so her art exhibit is always changing, as she adds to and rotates her large inventory.

Inspired by the fast pace and ever-changing landscape of Downtown Los Angeles, her mixed-media and acrylic paintings have become more vibrant, alive with movement, and even more textural. Using texture paste, many layers of paint, and occasionally a resin top-coat, her latest work is dimensional, complex, sometimes glossy, and always modern. Creating both large-scale art for loft-living and commercial art leasing, and smaller art for apartment–dwellers, Clara produces beautiful and accessible paintings at reasonable prices. She also teaches painting workshops leading beginners up through advanced art classes in private or small group sessions.

-I am most proud of teaching and sharing my work with my students, since I have found art to be healing. I had a major loss in my life and art saved me.
-creating several different series of works
-Doing philanthropic work for charities that I believe in especially for AWBW: A Window Between Worlds is dedicated to using art to empower and transform individuals and communities impacted by violence and trauma.

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