Olivia De Berardinis
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Olivia De Berardinis at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con
Olivia De Berardinis, or simply Olivia (born November 1948) is an American artist who is known for her paintings of women, often referred to as pinup or cheesecake art. She has been working in this genre since the mid-1970s. Since 2004 Olivia has been a monthly contributor to Playboy magazine, where her art pinup page appears with captions written by Hugh Hefner.
Born in Long Beach, California, her childhood years were spent primarily on the East Coast. She attended the New York School of Visual Arts from 1967 to 1970, and resided in Soho, N.Y.C., from 1970 to 1974, creating Minimalist paintings. De Berardinis was one of the new artists introduced in the Second Annual Contemporary Reflections 1972-73, of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She also presented as one of 18 new artists in the "Tenth Anniversary, the Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 1964-74" with established artists including Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin, and Frank Stella. By 1975. financial pressures forced De Berardinis to seek out commercial art work. She returned to the skills she had gained as a child, painting women. She did work for periodicals and paperback publishers, advertisements, and movie posters. Olivia quickly secured regular work, starting in 1974, painting erotic fantasies for men's magazines."Necessity shaped my career, I thought illustrating for sex magazines might be a fun temporary job until my 'real' career started. In the back of my mind I believed I would go back to the fine arts. It wasn't clear to me then, but this work became my art."
In 1977, she and partner Joel Beren started the O Card Company to publish De Berardinis' work as greeting cards. In 1979, she married Beren in New York City. They created another company, Ozone Productions, Ltd., to sell and license De Berardinis' artwork. In 1987, they moved from Manhattan, New York to Malibu, California, where they currently reside.
De Berardinis' artwork has been shown in art galleries throughout the United States and Japan, and her work is collected by fans worldwide. An original De Berardinis painting now appears in each issue of Playboy magazine.
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- Bettie Page by Olivia, 2006, ISBN 0-929643-25-9
- American Geisha: The Art Of Olivia III, 2003, ISBN 0-929643-15-1
- Cheesecake Chronicles Volume 1: Art of Olivia, 2000, ISBN 0-929643-12-7
- Second Slice: Art of Olivia II, 1997, ISBN 0-929643-07-0
- Let Them Eat Cheesecake: The Art Of Olivia, 1993, ISBN 0-929643-06-2
- The Great American Pin-Up, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 3-8228-1701-5
- Official website
- Olivia De Berardinis on Twitter
- Pin-Up Art Olivia de Berardinis in the "History of Art"
- The Pin-Up Files: Olivia de Berardinis