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Roberto Bernardi was born in Todi (Italy) on the 18th of May 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. His obsession for detail and learning of pictorial techniques had a significant influence on his artistic formation. Once finished high school he moved to Rome where he worked as a restorer in the church of San Francesco a Ripa. After an initial foray with landscapes and portraits, Bernardi turned towards a kind of realism closely associated to Photorealism (Hyperrealism).
In September 1994 Bernardi had his first solo exhibition, obtaining both public recognition and that of the critics. Since then Bernardi has held 12 solo exhibitions worldwide between New York, London, Paris and Detroit and his works have been included in 25 Museum exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions around the world. In 1999 Bernardi met his partner Raphaella Spence, also a hyperrealist artist, with whom he occasionally creates series of big sized paintings painted together representing social scenes such as crowds at football stadiums, executed with incredible skill and attention to detail.
Since 2012 Bernardi has been taking part in an international Museum tour on Hyperrealism which started at the Kunsthalle Tübingen Museum in Germany and has continued with over 13 museum venues worldwide. This traveling show has been on view at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, (Spain), the Birmingham Museum
and Art Gallery, (England), New Orleans Museum Of Art (U.S.A.), Oklahoma City Museum Of Art (U.S.A), Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao (Spain), Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam (Netherlands), Tampa Museum Of Art (U.S.A.) and many more.
In 2014 Bernardi was invited to the “2014 Contemporary Realism Biennial” which was held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art (U.S.A.) In 2010, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, ENI, currently Italy’s largest industrial company, added Bernardi to the group of young talent from across the world who work to interpret in a unique way each moment of Eni’s communication and commissioned Bernardi to do a Hyperrealistic painting to be added to their prestigious art collection. In 2015 Bernardi’s paintings were published in “Sugar and Sweets”, by D. Goldstein for the Oxford University Press Editions and in 2016, MONA, the Museum Of Old And Modern Art in Tasmania, featured Bernardi’s paintings when publishing “On the Origin of Art “.
2018 FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS, From Lens to Eye to Hand Photorealism 1969 to Today, Flint, Michigan, US MUSEU DEL TABAC, Hyperrealism, Andorra
2017 KUNSTHAL MUSEUM ROTTERDAM, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Rotterdam, NH TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Tampa, Florida (U.S.A.) PARRISH MUSEUM OF ART, From Lens to Eye to Hand Photorealism 1969 to Today, Water Mill, NY,US
2016 OSTHAUS MUSEUM HAGEN, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Hagen, Germany NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, Feast for the Eyes, Roslyn Harbor, New York MUSEUM D’IXELLES, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Brussels, Belgium KUMU- ART MUSEUM OF ESTONIA, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 MUSEUM DE BELLAS ARTES DE BILBAO, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Bilbao, ES
2014 FWMOA, FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART, Biennial Contemporary Realism, Fort Wayne (U.S.A.) NOMA, NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART, Photorealism: The Sydney and Walfa Besthoff Collection, New Orleans (U.S.A.)
2013 THYSSEN – BORNEMISZA MUSEUM, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Madrid, Spain SAARLAND MUSEUM, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Saarbrucken, Germany BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Birmingham, England OKCMOA- OKLAHOMA CITY MUSEUM OF ART, Photorealism Revisited, Oklahoma City (U.S.A.) THE BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, Howland Township, Ohio (U.S.A.)
2012 TUBINGEN MUSEUM, Photorealism. 50 years of Hyperrealistic painting, Tübingen, Germany
2011 MANA ART CENTER, Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation at Jersey City, (U.S.A.)
2010 RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Real(ists) at Selby Gallery, Sarasota, Florida (U.S.A.)
2009 THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, Glass FX, Art of Glass 2, Norfolk (U.S.A.)
2007 MUSEI CAPITOLINI, Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati, Rome, Italy
2005 HERBERT F. JOHNSON MUSEUM OF ART, Cars and Ketchup: Photorealist Images of the American Landscape, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (U.S.A.) ARNOT ART MUSEUM, Re-presenting Realism VII, Elmira, NY (U.S.A.)
2004 NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Seeing is Believing: American Trompe L’oeil, New Britain, CT (U.S.A.)
1997 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART, La Valletta, Malta