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MERSAD BERBER

Mersad Berber was born on January 1st 1940 in Bosanki Petrovac in Bosnia.
He earned a degree in painting from The University of Ljubljana in Solvenia in 1963, as a student of Haksim Sedej. In 1965 Berber completed a post-graduate course in painting techniques as a student of Riko Debenjak.
In 1978 Berber became visiting professor at The Arts Academy in Sarajevo. Over the years he has built up a reputation as a internationally renowned artist whose works are in great demand and can be found in numerous public and private collections all over the world. His works have been shown in group exhibitions since 1961 and his first one- man exhibition was in 1965 at the Ljubljana City Gallery. In the 1960’s his work began to be known to the public and more recently, art lovers worldwide.
The Tate Gallery in London purchased a painting by Berber in 1984, plus placing him with the other great artists represented in the Tates prestigious collection.
Throughout his career he has created cycles of paintings which chronicle events, homages and dedications. Each cycle has its roots either in Croatian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian history from the medieval to the twentieth century or, in a much wider context, the great masters of European painting from the cinquecento to the ottocento for example, Durer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van der Weyden, Uccello, Vermeer and Velasquez. The interaction and blending of styles, temperaments, schools and traditions is the cultural and artistic focus of Berber’s work for he is the grand master of blending different European traditions – with their authentic characteristics, histories and emotive multiculturalism.