Cat's Pyjamas Oil Painting

South African artist Ray Berman (b. 1941) uses oil paint on canvas to create abstract landscapes in nuanced color palettes. His sensitivity to rhythm and negative space, inspired by a love of improvisational jazz music and architecture, lend paintings a sense of structured expressionism rendered in rich impasto.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ray Berman fled his home country for Swaziland in 1966 in a self-imposed voluntary exile when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. There he became an architect and eventually a painter, immersing himself in Swazi tradition and culture and gaining insight into a central approach to art in Africa: no one creates anything by themselves, but must submit to the voices of ancestors and allow them to work through each artist.




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