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Designer Spotlight: Krista Berman

Krista Berman was born in 1965 in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up among the redwoods with her mother, and learning with her architect father gave her an innate understanding of both nature and structure, two ideas that inspire her artistic approach.

Studying at the California College of Art, and later earning her BFA at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, Krista focused on graphic design and mixed media. After completing her studies, her career as a graphic designer took her to Anheuser-Busch and Walt Disney World. For the past 20 years, Krista has been busy building her body of work as a resident artist at Orlando’s oldest art collective, the McRae Art Studios.

Contemporary Multi-Disciplinary Artist

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Krista’s work runs the gamut from canvas paintings and prints to metalwork, sculpture, photography, and even neon lights. Her work is guided by the complex relationship between humans and the environment, consumer culture, and the ideas of love and obsession. Natural forms are her chief inspiration, but her painted work also shows the influences of Mark Rothko, Wayne Thiebaud, and even Henri Matisse.

Krista has exhibited throughout the United States, including in her birthplace at the St. Louis Art Museum, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and many art galleries. Her work can be found in private collections and residences in the United States and Europe.

With studios in Orlando and Detroit, Krista finds plenty of inspiration on the southern beaches and northern lakeshores. Much of her recent work involves found objects from the environs around her studios, as well as the spaces in between when she’s on the road.

“Her body of work has been widely exhibited and has been lauded for its multi-disciplinary content, novelty, and poignant relevance.”

Accomplishments

In 2017, Krista was contacted to act as the exhibiting artist and provide the artwork for the new, 4,500 sq. ft. E2 House as part of the Parade of Homes Orlando. Embracing the opportunity to fill a fresh space with beauty, she contributed a huge amount of work including a 2 story canvas collage, welded iron geometrics, and a variety of framed artwork.

Following on that success, Krista once again exhibited her work for the E2 House in the 2018 Parade of Homes. This time, her work graced the myriad spaces of a 7,000 sq. ft. house. Rising magnificently to the challenge, she produced a plentitude of artwork including sculpture, prints, wall art, and the gorgeous Modern-Day Interpretation of a Meditation Bench.

Krista’s bold and colorful work is always a delight to behold, and her range as a multidisciplinary artist covers so many styles and techniques that it is definitely worth checking out! She’s talented and skillful at combining the beauty of the natural world and the anxieties of the modern world, or simply celebrating the potential of forms. Krista Berman keeps us inspired about our own work spreading beauty via design, and we look forward to seeing what she comes up with in the future!

20

Years at acclaimed McRae Art Studios in Orlando.

7000

SQ FT of empty wall space filled in the 2018 Florida Parade of Homes E2 Art House in Orlando.

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