Robert Bery was born in 1953 in Budapest, Hungary and moved with his family to Israel at age six. In his youth he served in the military as an electric technician working on aviation communication systems. It was during his work on archaeological excavations in Israel that Bery discovered his passion for art. After the Yom Kippur War, Bery devoted himself fully to his artistic and creative pursuits, studying at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris and at the studios of Henry Moore and Jacques Lipshitz in Italy.
Bery's early works featured paintings in oil and silver emulsion on wood, a technique that integrated the natural texture and grain of the surface base with the image. These stunning pieces, inspired by nature and Bery's evolving spirituality, were quickly acquired by many important collectors. Now, with his signature Duraclear prints, Bery creates a clarity and boldness that contrasts the dark mysteriousness of his earlier work.
Though Bery's classical training comes through in the exquisitely beautiful and balanced forms he creates, he is also continuously on the cutting edge of contemporary art and technology. Bery employs the latest technologies in photography, video and computer graphics to create artwork of uplifting beauty and to provoke an awareness of and response to many of today's most pertinent social and psychological issues. The intention of the artist is to reflect, challenge, and inspire his viewers through color and image.
Not only has Robert Bery made his distinguishable mark in the art community but also in the chaotic intelligence of noble politics. In 1993 Bery led a legal crusade that mounted a successful challenge to a NYC statute that prohibited the communication of artists in the public forum. Robert Bery refused to relinquish his rights to express himself and committed himself to the pursuit of artistic freedom. Bery's persistence resulted in a landmark legal decision that gives artists protection under the First Amendment. Bery 's vigilant activism enticed the press and has been documented by Fox 5 News, Channel 9 News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, NY Newsday, Art in America, The New York Law Journal, and various other publications. This exposure not only helped establish Robert Bery as an important artist but also as a activist for free expression.