Tarik BerberTarik Berber’s work offers a remarkable combination of two very different cultural worlds. He is of Bosniac origin. That is to say, he comes from the Muslim population of the always-contested territory of Bosnia, once part of the former Yugoslavia and now independent. Bosnia has a notably rich and complex cultural tradition and Tarik is a descendant of a celebrated family of artists. As a working artist, he still maintains close ties with the milieu from which he originates.
He trained, however, at the celebrated Florentine Academy, which offers perhaps the most rigorous of all trainings for painters. They grind their own colours, mix their own paints and make their own brushes, just as the apprentices did in the studios of the great Renaissance masters.
This profound respect for tradition shows itself very clearly in Berber’s work. His paintings, with their muted colours, often have the appearance of frescos. They also demonstrate a keen interest in classical principles of design – in the relationship of the form to the edges of the space within which they have been placed.
cv / exhibition history / awards
Born in Banjaluka (Bosnia) in 1980. Studied at Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence. Lives and works in London.
”FLOW” Darren Baker Gallery, Curated by Jason Colchin-Carter & Agnieszka Perche, London
”FLOW” City Gallery Bihać ,Curated by: Nermin Delić & Adnan Dupanović
”FLOW” G&M Galeria, Tuzla
”FLOW” National Art Gallery of Bosna and Hercegovina, Sarajevo
Solo Show curated by Lejla Festic Britovsek-ArmaMaxa VETRINSKI DVORI, Slovenia MARIBOR
“Heterotopias of Time” curated by Gabriella Daris at “Blacks”, SOHO , London
“Anatomia di un lupo”, Aria Art Gallery, Florence
Double Solo Show with Elena Manzan “Back to Italy” (curated by Luca Beatrice), MACI, Isernia.
“IMAGO” at LATO studio Architect Designer, Prato
“Mostra di disegni”, Etrarte, Florence
Double Solo Show with sculptor Lorenzo Vignoli, Ex Marmi, Pietrasanta
“Firenze 2006, Berlin 2007”, SelvArtGallery, Bolzano
“Gli occhi della gente” (curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga), Il Castello Art Gallery, Trento
“Vestigia Umane” (curated by Maria Livia Brunelli), Museo Nazionale Villa Pisani, Stra
“Teste e/o mitologemi”, Circolo Arti Figurative, Empoli
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Darren Baker Gallery, London, curated by Jason Colchin Carter and Agnieszka Perche
“100 Years Gallery” curated by Pascal Ancel Bartholdi and Jaimi Valtierra, London
“Bosnian Culture ” Museo della Civiltà Romana , EUR , Roma
“Oltrarno” curated by Graziella Ardia, Palazzo Panciatichi, Florence
“Beauty Farm, la bellezza del corpo tra idealizzazione e ossessione”, Fondazione Durini, Milano
2005 International Art Review “G. B. Salvi”, Sassoferrato
International Art Review Citta’ di Bozzolo (curated by Mauro Corradini), first prize awarded