Ovanes Berberian’s light-filled canvases evoke a private world of nature in repose.
Born in Russian Armenia, Ovanes Berberian received his primary art education under the guidance of his father: an important Russian artist, a member of the Armenian Artists’ Society, as well as a theatrical set designer and college art professor. It was in this environment, studying at his father’s art school, Ovanes Berberian achieved a significant portion of his art education. In the summer of 1977, following his father’s death, the young Berberian and his three brothers and mother immigrated to the United States, settling in California.
In 1981, Ovanes was awarded a scholarship to study with the late master painter and noted teacher, Sergei Bongart. “I was influenced by Sergei more than any other artist. He led me in the direction I needed to go, it was like a light bulb finally came on”.
A nationally renowned teacher and plein air artist Berberian conducts workshops in the summer from his home in Idaho. His deep understanding of design, value and color relationships make him sought after by collectors and students alike. A plein air purist, he elects to paint on location, inspired by a more direct confrontation with his subject. His painting style is easily recognizable by his confident blend of color and brush work as depicted in his dramatic landscapes and still lifes.
He states unequivocally that in painting the most important thing is color harmony. Ovanes’ use of color, combined with his dynamic, painterly style, makes each landscape and still life come alive, striking a chord deep within the viewer.