About Margarita Berg

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Margarita Berg’s painting and printmaking evoke the charm and grit of modern urban life, reflecting a contradiction that enamored her of New York City and other global metropolitan areas. Likewise, she is captivated by the beauty of the human form and its iconography in the Western artistic tradition, an interest she developed through her conservation and art historical training. Using direct observation as her primary source, the artist explores the brooding figure and worrying landscape as her principal subject. These are then translated into a variety of media utilizing masterful techniques.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Margarita Berg grew up fascinated by the Russian masters known as the Itinerants, including Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, and Isaac Levitan. Like the painters she so greatly admired, Ms. Berg began her artistic training in the academic tradition first in St. Petersburg and later at the Florence Academy of Art studying drawing. After a move to the United States, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian from the University of Minnesota. She relocated to New York City where she interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Drawings and Prints. Continuing her education at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, she received a Master of Arts in the History of Art and an Advanced Certificate in Paintings Conservation, with a specialization in the examination and treatment of Old Master paintings. Ms. Berg’s training in the field of art conservation provided her with a strong foundation in artistic theory and practice, as well as a deep and profound understanding of materials and technology of works of art. She continued her artistic training at the Art Students League of New York, studying drawing, painting, and composition.

She currently maintains an art studio, working in diverse media, including painting, pastels, and printmaking. Her work has been featured in various national and international exhibitions.

Solo Exhibitions

2015-16 Viewpoints: Interpretation and Imagination. Works by Margarita Berg and Veronica Jaeger, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Groveland Gallery Plein Air SmackDown VIII, Minneapolis, MN
Invited Artist
2017 Groveland Gallery Plein Air SmackDown VII, Minneapolis, MN
Invited Artist
2017 Atlanta Print Biennial, Kai Lin Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
International Juried Exhibition
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2015-16 Small Works, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, New York, NY
Juried Exhibition
2015 Printmaking Now, Imago Foundation for the Arts, Imago Gallery, Warren, RI
10th Annual National Juried Exhibition
2015 Small Works, Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY
National Juried Exhibition
2015 Portraits of Care, Hart Senate Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
2015 Splitgraphic International Graphic Art Biennial, Split, Croatia
International Juried Exhibition
2015 National Association of Women Artists New Member Exhibition, NAWA Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Summer Small Works Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
National Juried Exhibition
First Place Award
2015 4th Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Grand Central Neighborhood, New York, NY
Juried Exhibition
2014 Small Works, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, New York, NY
Juried Exhibition
2014 Art Students League Exhibition Outreach; Group exhibition at Betony, New York, NY
Juried Exhibition
First Place Award
2005 Edina Art Center, Lake Country Pastel Society Exhibit, Edina, MN
2005 University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Russian Seasons, Minnesota Festival and Exhibit, Minneapolis, MN

Teaching and Lectures

2014-16 Lecturer at the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
2013 American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Annual Conference, Collection Care Network Session “Conservation Assessment at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – Promoting Sustainable Choices for the Adaptive Re-use of the Collection and the Site”
2012-13 Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property (ANAGPIC) Conference, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY “The Conservation Treatment of Robert Rauschenberg’s Untitled (Early Egyptian), 1974” and “The American Institute for Conservation: Emergency Committee” invited posters
2007 Conversations with the Metropolitan Museum, Session Chair, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY

Publications

2004 Wolf International: the quarterly publication of the International Wolf Center, Cover

Collections and Commissions

Splitgraphic Collection, for the future Museum of Graphic Art, Split, Croatia
Portraits of Care Collection, AARP

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), Elected Member
The Art Students League of New York, Elected Member
College Art Association (CAA)
Allied Artists of America (AAA), Associate Member
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Education

2008-14 The Art Students League of New York, New York
2014 New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center, New York, NY
2010 Master of Arts in History of Art and Archaeology;
Advanced Certificate in Paintings Conservation
2006 University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian (summa cum laude)
2002 Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy