Roberto Bernardi

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Roberto Bernardi
Born 1974
Todi, Italy
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting, photorealism

Roberto Bernardi (born 1974 in Todi, Italy) is an artist based in Todi. He is represented by Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City.[1] Recently, he has had a solo exhibition at the Hermitage Museum.[2] Bernardi is a Photorealist painter who explores reflections in still lifes of plates and kitchens, glass, and candy.[3]


In 1993 upon graduating high school, he moved to Rome where he worked as a restorer in the church of San Francesco a Ripa. In 1994 he decided to dedicate himself full-time to the creation of his own paintings and after an initial foray with landscapes and portraits, Bernardi starting concentrating on contemporary still life and turned towards a totally new kind of realism closely associated to photorealism. In September 1994 Bernardi had his first solo exhibition. Since 1997 his works have been included in numerous solo and group survey exhibitions in Europe and the United States including the Arnot Art Museum (USA),[4] New Britain Museum of American Art (USA),[5] Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (USA),[6] Hermitage Museum (USA),[7] Selby Gallery al Ringling College of Art and Design (USA),[8] National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta, Musei Capitolini (Italia),[9][10][11][12] Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery (New York CityA.).[13][14][15]

Numerous articles, reviews and publications have been written about Bernardi in daily newspaper and magazines of which: The Huffington Post,[16] Il Sole 24 Ore,[17] The New York Observer,[18] American Art Collector,[19] Art & Antiques,[20] Vogue Magazine (Korea),[21] Rh + Art Magazine,[22] DDN Cucine Magazine,[23] ecc.

In 2010 Eni, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, currently Italy's largest industrial company, added Bernardi to the group of young talent from across the world who work to interpret in a unique way each moment of Eni's communication and commissioned Bernardi to do a painting to be added to their prestigious art collections.[24][25][26]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • New Candy Paintings, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2014,U.S.A.)[27]
  • Caramelle, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2012, U.S.A.)[28][29]
  • Candy Paintings, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2011, U.S.A.)[15]
  • Beijing, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2009, U.S.A.)[30]
  • Glass FX, Art of Glass 2, The Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk, VA (2009, U.S.A.)[7]
  • Dirty Plates, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2007, U.S.A.)[14]
  • Giardini di Cristallo, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2005, U.S.A.)[31]
  • Spazi Infiniti, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (2004, U.S.A.)[32]
  • Towards a New Realism, Albemarle Gallery, Londra (2003, U.K.)[33]
  • Robert Kidd Gallery, Detroit, MI (2002, U.S.A.)
  • L'espressione dei sogni, Galerie De Castiglione, Parigi (2000, France)[34]
  • Umbria Jazz, Perugia (1995, Italy)
  • Todi Festival, Todi (1994, Italy)

Selected group exhibitions[edit]


Painted Illusions: Hyperrealism 1967–2012, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain[35][36]

Photorealism: The Sydney and Walfa Besthoff Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans (U.S.A.)[37]

Photorealism, The Everyday Illuminated, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (U.S.A.),


Hyperrealism 1967–2012, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain[36][38][39]

Hyperrealism 1967–2012, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England[36]

Photorealism Revisited, OKCMOA – Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, USA[16]


Hyperrealism 1967–2012, Kunsthalle Tübingen Museum, Tübingen, Germany[36][40][41]

Hyperrealism, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Photorealism, Galerie De Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada[42][43]

All In, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City [44]


Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation at MANA Art Center, Jersey City, NJ, USA [45][46][47]

Real: Realism and Diverse Media, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA, USA

Stand Still, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City

What kind of real ?, Albemarle Gallery, London, England [48]


Real(ists), Selby Gallery – Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, USA[49]

Sweet tooth, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA [50]

Expansion, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City


Photorealist paintings, Arthur M. Berger Gallery, Manhattanville College, New York City

40 Years of photorealism, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York City

Small Paintings from Around the World, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City


Unforeseen Reflections, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City

SPF 20 – Shades of Summer, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City


Arte Contemporanea per I Rifugiati, Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy[51][52][53]

Culinary Arts, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City[54]

Group Show, Albemarle Gallery, London England


Contemporary Realism 2006, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tusla, OK, USA

Winter Reflections, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City

10th Anniversary, Albemarle Gallery, London, England[55]


Cars and Ketchup: Photorealist Images of the American Landscape, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Re-presenting Realism VII, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, USA

New Photorealists, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, USA

What is Realism?, Albemarle Gallery, London, England[56]

Winter in Blue, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York City


Seeing is Believing: American Trompe L’oeil, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, USA[57]

New American Realism, Tony Brunelli Fine Art, Binghamton, NY, USA

New Photorealists, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York City

Blow Up, St. Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham, England [58]

Summer show, Albemarle Gallery, London, England [59]


Painting Glass, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York City


Paisley Tyler & Co.,Albemarle Gallery, London, England


Group show, Robert Kidd Gallery, Detroit, MI, USA


Group show, Albemarle Gallery, London, England


Gli Europeisti a Malta, National Museum of Fine Arts, La Valletta, Malta[60]



  1. ^ Bernarducci, Frank (14 May 2007). Roberto Bernardi: Dirty Plates. New York, NY: Bernarducci Meisel Gallery. 
  2. ^ "GlassFX:Works by Roberto Bernardi". 14 May 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ Rose, Joshua (1 October 2010). "Photorealism XX". American Art Collector: 214–217. 
  4. ^ Re-presenting Realism VII, Arnot Art Museum Edizioni 2005, Elmira, NY (USA)
  5. ^ Slight of Eye by Matthew Erikson, New Britain Museum Edizioni 2004 (USA)
  6. ^ Cars and Ketchup: Photorealist Images of the American Landscape, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Edizioni 2005, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (USA)
  7. ^ a b R. Bernardi, GlassFX, Bernardi at the Hermitage by Melanie Mathewes, Hermitage Editions 2009 p.3, Norfork (USA)
  8. ^ Realist, Real Illusions by Kevin Dean, Ringling College of Art and Design Editions 2010 p.4, Sarasota (USA)
  9. ^ Arte Contemporanea per i Rifugiati, 5ª edizione by Alice Lam, Il Cigno Edizioni 2007 p.30-31, Roma (Italia)
  10. ^ Arte contemporanea peri i rifugiati, La Repubblica, 1 Dicembre 2008
  11. ^ Arte contemporanea a Sotheby's, Il Sole 24 Ore, 30 Novembre 2008
  12. ^ Arte all'asta per l'Uganda, Corriere Della Sera, 30 Novembre 2008
  13. ^ R. Bernardi, Giardini di cristallo, Seeing more than the camera sees by Edward Lucie-Smith, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery Edizioni 2005 p. 7-9, New York (USA)
  14. ^ a b R. Bernardi, Dirty Plates by Frank Bernarducci and Walter Robinson, Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery Edizioni 2007 p. 13-14, New York (USA)
  15. ^ a b R. Bernardi, Candy paintings, Lights and shadows by Marina Press, Blurb Publisher 2011 p. 6–7, New York (USA)
  16. ^ a b Roberto Bernardi hyperrealistist paintings: amazing still lifes of chrome, plastic, candy by Andres Jauregui, The Huffington Post, 17 January 2013
  17. ^ Cane a sei zampe a Düsseldorf, Il Sole 24 Ore, mercoledì 27 ottobre 2010, n.295 p.21
  18. ^ Candy paintings, New York Observer, 23 maggio 2011, p.11
  19. ^ Beijing Project, American Art Collector, Dicembre 2009, n.50, p.128-133
  20. ^ Picture this, Art & Antiques, May 2010, Front cover and pag. 66–75
  21. ^ Vogue Girls Korea, The scene of ordinaries by V.G., September 2008, n. 79, p.191
  22. ^ Rh+ Art Magazine, Photorealism in the digital age by Louis K. Meisel, Front cover and pag.46–51 n.91-2012
  23. ^ DDN Cucine Magazine,n.1 – 2009, Realistiche illusioni by Valentina Dalla Costa, pag.80–86
  24. ^ Un cane a sei zampe d’artista per polimeri europa: il fotorealista Roberto Bernardi crea l’opera per il "K2010 " di Düsseldorf –
  25. ^
  26. ^ Ed Eni si inventa la plastica d’artista – Interni –
  27. ^, 9 November 2014, "New Paintings By Roberto Bernardi and Raphaella Spence at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery"
  28. ^ New painting by Roberto Bernardi and new cityscapes by Raphaella Spence, 18 October
  29. ^ American Art Collector, Seeking complexity, pag 106–107, October 2012
  30. ^ Beijing Project, Paintings of the People's Republic of China, B.M.G Edizioni 2009, New York (USA)
  31. ^ R. Bernardi, Giardini di cristallo, Seeing more than the camera sees by Edward Lucie-Smith, B.M.G Edizions 2005, New York (USA)
  32. ^ R. Bernardi, Spazi Infiniti, by Jane S. Monti B.M.G Edizions 2004, New York (USA)
  33. ^ R. Bernardi, Towards a new realism by Edward Lucie-Smith, Albemarle Gallery Edizions 2003, Londra (Inghilterra)
  34. ^ R. Bernardi, L'espressione dei Sogni by M.Cesarini, Galerie M.F.F Edizions 2000, Parigi (Francia)
  35. ^ Hyperrealism 1967–2013, Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts,, 7 October 2014 to 19 January 2015
  36. ^ a b c d Fotorealismus, 50 Jahre Hyperrealistiche Malerei, European Museum Tour catalogue, Hatje Cantz Editions, Edited by Otto Letze, foreword by Otto Letze, Daniel J. Schreiber, texts by Linda Chase, Nina S. Knoll, Louis K. Meisel, Uwe M. Schneede, Daniel J. Schreiber, graphic design by stapelberg&fritz, German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3532-2, English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3585-8
  37. ^ Photorealism: Beginnings to Today, by Miranda Lash, Louis K. Meisel, and Russell Lord
  38. ^ Più vero del vero. La pittura iperrealista in mostra a Madrid by Carla Ruffino, Il sole 24, 22 March 2013
  39. ^ El Thyssen organiza la primera gran antologica sobre el hiperrealismo,, 10 March 2013
  40. ^ Großstädte wie gewienert, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 11 December 2012, Germany
  41. ^ Im Blickfang, 50 Jahre Fotorealismus in der Kunsthall, Schwabisches Tagblatt, 9 January 2013, Germany
  42. ^ Beyond Realism, by Helen and Jacques Bellefeuille, Francois Ares, Louis K. Meisel, exhibition catalogue
  43. ^ " Better-than-true art: exhibition showcases paintings that look like photographs" by John Pohl, Montreal Gazette, 31 August 2012
  44. ^ Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery and Louis K. Meisel Gallery are ALL IN with new exhibition,, 7 June 2012
  45. ^ Photorealism Champion Louis Meisel on Bringing His Preeminent Collection to New Jersey, Artinfo, published 20 September 2011
  46. ^ New exhibit presents stunning collection of photorealism,, published 19 September 2011
  47. ^ Huge Photorealism Exhibition opens at Mana Contemporary this weekend, by Brendan Carroll, Jersey City Independent, 13 September 2011
  48. ^ What kind of real ?, by Edward Lucie Smith, exhibition catalogue, Albemarle Gallery editions
  49. ^ Real(ists), Dean, Kevin. Sarasota: Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design editions, exhibition catalogue
  50. ^ Sweet Tooth by Cherie Louise Turner, San Francisco: Scott Richards Contemporary Art Editions November 2010
  51. ^ "Gli artisti più quotati in aiuto ai deboli", ll Giornale, 27 September
  52. ^ , "Arte per i rifugiati ai Capitolini", Il Corriere Della Sera, 24 September
  53. ^ "Artisti all'asta, una speranza per l'Africa", La Repubblica, 25 September
  54. ^ Reflective Measures,O'Hern, John, American Art Collector, Aug., pp.56–59, ill., col.
  55. ^ Tenth Anniversary show by Edward Lucie-Smith, Albemale Gallery Editions, exhibition catalogue
  56. ^ What is Realism?, by Edward Lucie Smith, exhibition catalogue, Albemarle Gallery editions
  57. ^ "Slight of Eye: New Britain Museum features Trompe L’oeil paintings, a genre based on trickery", Erikson, Matthew,The Hartford Courant, 25 July
  58. ^ Blow-Up new Painting and photoreality by Ross Alderson, exhibition catalogue, pag 13, St. Paul’s Gallery editions
  59. ^ The Essential London, Ritz London Magazine, pag 63
  60. ^ "Gli Europeisti a Malta", The Sunday Times ,2 February 1997

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