Five questions to Renaldo Bern

Five questions to Renaldo Bern

Renaldo Bern is an artist based in Berlin. His art is inspired by his passion for abstract and experimental forms of expression. For many years he has been dedicated to exploring colors, shapes and textures and using them to create artworks to enjoy, appreciate and share with others.

How did you get into art?

I discovered art when I was only 27 years old. I've always had a lot of imagination, which I expressed by dancing and listening to music. However, I felt a deep connection to shapes and colours. I then painted together with a friend after a party night and my friends were enthusiastic. So I was given painting equipment for my next birthday. I was able to live out my fascination for colour and form six months later I had my first exhibition in Frankfurt am Main. 

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

I would describe it as abstract architecture. The special thing about it is that it is light and yet intense. A fusion of intention, intuition and logic. 

I often get the feedback that my style conveys stability and consistency. Some art lovers say that they put the painting right in front of their bed. That way they get up in the morning and have a direct view of it. They say my style is something you can build on and devote yourself to the pleasures of life. I think that's something I've been longing for.

How do you go about developing your work?

I approach it with a specific intention and I let the process emerge from my gut. I usually start by drawing simple lines with a black pencil and paying attention to my body.

Then I feel inside myself and proceed intuitively with the colour application, see what feels good for me and then just let the painting guide me. I like to combine intuition and reason. Bringing the past, present and future together. 

Transience can often be seen in the layers of colour, they seem like a kind of wear and tear, the colours I use hit the nerve of the times because they come from the people and their clothes I see on the street. For example, the colour of the scarf harmonises with the trousers, and yet I usually leave the result open for a long time with a look into the unknown, into what is yet to come. 

Who or what influences you?

In addition to fashion, I'm strongly inspired by places I've been to or places I've seen in pictures. For example, I memorise what the facades of houses look like, what wear and tear there is in the stones, which grids are placed where, which colours of flowers and house cleaning have an intensely beautiful and affirming effect on me.

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

I'm going to concentrate on running painting courses in the near future. I really enjoy it and have found inspiration in it. I also want to paint in larger formats. I've already painted a few, but I just can't get enough of them. I am also planning an exhibition on the theme of "Power" for June.

Photos by Photograph Dariia Naumenko

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