After attending the New York School of Visual Arts in
the mid-1960's, Olivia briefly explored the minimalism movement
but was quickly drawn back to the realistic figurative work
that had long since become her passion. She redefined the
classic pin-up and in doing so created an image that women
as well as men can relate to. Her paintings evoke a sensual
energy that quite simply seduce the viewer.
Olivia De Berardinis was born in California in 1948 but
spent most of her childhood on the East Coast. Her father,
Sante De Berardinis, was a freelance aeronautical engineer,
and his work kept Olivia's family constantly on the move.
Being the only child, Olivia lived in an adult world where
she spent much of her time drawing. Olivia's playful, flirtatious
mother, Connie, served as her favorite model and muse.
In 1967 she attended the New York School of Visual Arts.
Over the next few years she took odd jobs to pay the rent
but continued to paint and began to show her work, primarily
minimalist oils on canvas. By 1974 financial pressures induced
Olivia to seek out commercial art work, and so she returned
to the skills she had gained as a child, painting beautiful
women for periodicals and paperback publishers.
In a short time Olivia secured regular work painting erotic
fantasies for men's magazines. In 1975 Olivia met Joel Beren
and they were married four years later. Living on Manhattan's
Upper West Side they developed a small publishing business,
O Cards, primarily printing Olivia's work as greeting cards.
They created another company, Ozone Productions, Ltd. to
license Olivia's artwork. In 1984 Olivia met Robert and
Tamara Bane and signed her first fine art publishing agreement
with Robert Bane Publishing. Over 200 limited editions have
since been published. In 1987 the Tamara Bane Gallery in
Los Angeles opened its doors with a gala one-woman show
of Olivia's artwork. Later that year Olivia and Joel moved
to Los Angeles where they reside today.