Ralph Berko ( 1941- )

Ralph Berko ( 1941- )

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.


Guy Wiser (1895 – 1983)

Guy Wiser (1895 - 1983)

Guy Wiser (1895 – 1983) American titled: The Dreamer , dated 1932 Signed: lower left, Medium: Oil / Canvas Size: 40.00” x 34.00” inches (101.60cm x 86.36cm) Farhat Art Museum Collection

Guy Brown Wiser was active/lived in Ohio, California, Indiana. Guy Wiser is known for figure, portrait, illustrator.
The Artist.

Guy Brown Wiser was born on February 10, 1895 in Marion, Indiana. Wiser was a graduate of Cornell University in 1917. He served in the Air Force as a pilot in World War I. After the war he returned to Indiana where he worked for several years as an architect.

Wiser traveled to Paris, and in 1924, he became a student of Jean Despujols. He stayed in Paris for almost two years and when he returned to the United States, he studied in Cape Cod with Charles Hawthorne. Later he attended art classes at Ohio State University.

In 1934 he moved to Los Angeles and taught at Scripps College for two years. Between 1935 and 1957 he illustrated close to 80 books for different publishing companies. Wiser’s figurative paintings of the 1930s are reminiscent of his teacher Jean Despujols; they often depict the utopian images found in the Art Deco paintings of the artists of Bordeaux. His paintings combine classical technique, and his subjects are displayed with lyrical symbolism.

Wiser exhibited at the Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles exhibition in 1935 and also at the Academy of Western Painters in 1936.