Artist: Ralph Berko ( 1941- ) American Titles: “Optical Space“ , signed lower right Medium: Acrylic on canvas Measures: 48″ W x 30″ H inches Farhat Art Museum Collection.
Ralph Berko started painting at the age of 18. He developed his style of Geometric Hardedge at California State University Northridge. He later went on the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has shown in many galleries in California; including The Richard Mann Gallery, The Creative Gallery, Leo Duval Design Gallery, The Swanson Gallery in San Francisco, and is also a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. His artwork is displayed in the collections of Kathy & Paris Hilton, Frank Zappa, Arsenio Hall ,Bank of America S.F., Levi Strauss, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.I also have international collectors in Vienna, Austria, Sydney, Australia, and Bangkok, Thailand.
Ralph considers himself as an abstract, geometric painter. He maps out his paintings with precise symmetry and a creative imagination. Creating three-dimensional designs on a two-dimensional surface, Berko is able to fascinate the viewer with a sense of movement and illusion. Geometric Hardedge Art, with its rich tradition, continues to find its admirers and certainly the artist Ralph Berko is one for whom the style holds sufficient meaning.
Painted from an inventive pallet, some of his artwork is mono-chromatic while others are multicolored and very visual. Painting with the hardedge technique, He achieves his optical effects. Distinguished by his optical effects of movement and space, he tries to stir the viewers mind, and imagination.