Roberto Bernardi

Roberto Bernardi was born in 1974 in Todi.

He started painting at an early age, his first oil paintings date back to the first half of the eighties. His obsession with detail and learning traditional painting techniques influenced his artistic education.

After finishing high school in 1993, he moved to Rome where he began working as a restorer at the church of San Francesco a Ripa. However, he soon abandoned restoration to devote himself full time to creating his works of art. After initially painting landscapes and portraits, Bernardi approached a new form of realism closely linked to hyperrealism.

In September 1994, Bernardi held his first solo exhibition, gaining recognition from both the public and local critics. Since then, he has had 15 solo exhibitions around the world in New York, London, Paris, Detroit and Singapore, with works included in 25 international museum exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions in numerous art galleries around the world.

The turning point in his artistic style occurred in the early 2000s with frequent trips to New York. In 2004, Bernardi moved to Manhattan for a short time, working in a studio on 73rd Street. During this period, his works were strongly influenced by American culture, thus entering the New York art market and frequenting the prestigious art world of the Big Apple.

During this period, he met many artists such as Richard Estes, Chuck Close, Tom Blackwell, Ralph Goings, Charles Bell, etc., with whom he exhibited many times in group exhibitions in various international museums.

From 2004 to 2010, Bernardi participated in numerous artistic projects sponsored by American and European collectors together with other artists of the hyperrealist movement. Among the most important are the "Zurich project" and the "Hamburg project" in 2007, in 2008 the "Las Vegas project" and the "Monte Carlo project" during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the "Beijing project" in which Bernardi was invited, during the 2008 Olympics, by the American politician Eliot Cutler who lived and worked in Beijing for several years. After two weeks of intense travel in China and meetings with many Chinese politicians and artists, including Li Songsong, Cutler commissioned artist Roberto Bernardi to paint a series of works inspired by this Chinese experience.

The following year, in 2009, these works were exhibited in a solo exhibition in New York entitled “Beijing Project” at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery.

In 2010, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, ENI, adds Bernardi to the group of young talents from all over the world to uniquely interpret every moment of Eni's communication and commissions Bernardi to add a work to their prestigious collection of art.

Since 2012, Bernardi has taken part in an international tour that began at the Tübingen Museum in Germany and then continued to 13 other museums around the world.

This tour includes the prestigious Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Spain), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (England), New Orleans Museum Of Art (USA), Oklahoma City Museum Of Art (USA), Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao (Spain), the Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam (Holland), the Tampa Museum Of Art (USA), etc.

In 2014, Bernardi was invited to the “Biennial of Contemporary Realism 2014” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (USA).

Over the last decade, Bernardi's works have undergone an evolution, his hyper-realistic compositions are increasingly influenced by the Pop Art movement and in 2015 Oxford University Press included one of his paintings in the book “Sugar and Sweets” by D Goldstein.

The artist's works