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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