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Riaan van den Berg

Riaan is the son of a mathematician and classical musician and has always found inspiration for his vivid abstract works of art from his immense love of classical music – which he believes, being an accomplished pianist himself – is one of the purest forms of abstract art. He has made intensive study of Pythagoras’s golden mean and classic Greek and Roman art which provides the foundation of all his compositions. The work of the old Greek Philosophers Plato, Socrates and Aristotle are of special interest to him. He is fascinated by Einstein’s Relativity Theory. Riaan’s concept and perception of God together with his strong belief is very highly developed. Riaan has lectured at the Pretoria University’s department of Architecture and was head of the Art and Culture with Music, faculty of Educational Science at the North West University Potchefstroom, for close to thirty years. From there his spirit and unique vision of the world has inspired countless of South Africa’s current top artists. He furthermore presented lectures at the University of Edinburgh and attended a summer school for fine arts in Salzburg. In 1993 Riaan also worked alongside Dirk Meerkotter at the Cite Internatioale des Arts, Paris. His solo exhibition in 2013 in Warsaw Poland was very well received. Currently he is a full time artist and gallery owner. Influences in his paintings are derived from nature and music. Van den Berg will often form a brush stoke in tune with the music. According to him nature itself is an abstract painting and when he paints he listens to loud classic music guiding his strong and bold brush strokes of thick paint. “Seeing what others cannot see,” “enhancing transparency,” and “making something confusing understandable. Space is there to be enclosed and disclosed; defined and defiled by line; shaped and misshaped by form; made subtle, empty or blatant through colour form and line – some days we dance together with the music, some days we battle.” As New York Magazine’s Jerry Salz so nicely put it, “Early-twentieth century abstraction is art’s version of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. It’s the idea that changed everything everywhere : quickly, decisively and for good.” Riaan’s work offers a wonderful opportunity to witness that explosion in slow motion. The process of creating an abstract painting involves not only a paintbrush and paints but an emotion that comes from within the artist. The palette he uses is very expressive and dramatic. Even though he always enjoyed abstract art, it has now evolved in a more lyrical abstraction. His work intensified emotionally , leaving people standing in awe in front of his work, like Rene Magritte said: “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” Rene Magritte (1898 – 1967) Van den Berg’s works fit into the contemporary décor of modern home interiors as well as offices. His works all reflect the mission of Clear Perspective. Van den Berg’s highly commended works, which also include sculptures can be seen in private homes and corporate offices in South Africa, America, Poland, France, Ghana, Austria, Greece, the Arab States, Germany, Mauritius, England and the Greek Island of Skiathos.
Riaan van den Berg