Fotografía de Arturo Berned


Madrid · España · 1966

Arturo Berned (Madrid, 1966) is an architect and sculptor whose work is based upon the reinterpretation of both shapes and metal. With an abstract approach, his works are conceived on the basis of the laws of mathematics and highly symbolic geometric impulses, the result of which is a series of works created on the basis of the golden ration (also known as the golden number or the phi number).

Graduating in Madrid in 1993 with a Degree in Architecture and for several years responsible for the Projects and works Department at the Lamela Studio, it was in 2000 that he began to seriously follow his vocation for sculpture.

Since then he has produced an intense body of sculptures, most of them large size or urban works which is one of the identifying marks of his artistic work. An outstanding knowledge of metal means that his works are conceived using either corten or lacquered stainless steel interspersed with the employment of aluminium and bronze.

In 2000 he was for the first time recognised with the international award “Puerta Escultura Loewe” and again in 2012, the IVAM is host to what so far has been his most extensive exhibition. The 50 works held by this museum in Valencia represent a journey through the artist´s creative world. In 2013 he was selected to be the first Spanish artist to submit his version of the classic ´Lady Dior` bag in the exhibition ´Lady Dior As Seen By` and shortly afterwards was chosen to represent Spain in the ´Dual Year – Spain-Japan` (2013 – 2014). The Grin-Grin Park in the city of Fukuoka is host to a series of Berned´s sculptural works sponsored by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito
(Pritker Award winner in 2013) comprising eight works which are a tribute to the people and the customs of Japan. Berned´s works have also been exhibited at Art Miami (2014), the Bienal del Sur, Panama (2013) and Espacio Leitner, Madrid (2011).

Most important exhibitions

  • Fernández-Braso Gallery, Madrid (2019)
  • Beijing Art Biennal, Beijing (2019)
  • Arco, Madrid (2019)
  • Art Basel, Hong Kong, China (2018)
  • Arco, Madrid (2018)
  • Leon Tovar Gallery, Nueva York (2017)
  • Arco, Madrid (2017)
  • Leon Tovar Gallery, Nueva York (2016)
  • Artbo, Bogotá, Colombia (2016)
  • Promoarte, Tokio, Japón (2016)
  • Arco Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal (2016) 
  • Langen Foundation, Neuss, Alemania (2016) 
  • Arco, Madrid (2016)
  • Gallery Aurora Vigil-Escalera, Gijón (2016)
  • Gallery Semmingsen, Oslo,Noruega (2016)
  • Art Aspen, Aspen (2015)
  • Art Marbella, Marbella (2015)
  • Dior Gallery , Seúl, Korea (2015)
  • Boutique Dior , Tel Aviv, Israel (2015)
  • Sculpture Show , Miami (2014)
  • Sammer Gallery, Miami (2014)
  • Art Miami, Miami(2014)
  • Ibero-American Sculpture, Tokio, Japón (2014)
  • Art Aspen, Aspen (2014)
  • Pie (Sculpture International Park), Madrid (2014)
  • MU, Representative Of Spain In The Dual Year Spain - Japan, Grin-Grin Park (Fukuoka), Japón (2013-2014)
  • Biennial Of The South, Panamá (2013)
  • Summer Group Show, Miami (2013)
  • Art Madrid '13, Madrid (2013)
  • Art Aspen, Aspen (2013)
  • Conde Duque, Madrid (2012)
  • IV Biennial Contemporary Art ONCE, Madrid (2012)
  • Museum IVAM, Valencia (2012)
  • Espacio de las Artes, Madrid (2011)
  • Feriarte, Madrid (2011)
  • Arturo Berned (1+V5)/2, Edificio Leitner, Madrid (2011)
  • Art Madrid '11, Madrid (2011)
  • Exhibition "Contemporary Sculptors" , Bosque de Acero, Cuenca (2010)
  • Ansorena Gallery , Madrid (2010)
  • Zielo Mall, Madrid (2009)
  • Open Art Fair, Holanda (2009)
  • Gaudí Gallery, Madrid (2009)
  • Art Madrid '09, Madrid (2009)
  • Flecha '09, Madrid (2009)
  • Lamela Studio, Madrid (2008)
  • Architects Plastic Work, Fundación Cultural COAM, Madrid (2000)
  • Daily Objects, Galería Vanguardia, Bilbao (1998)

Awards and recognitions

  • Selected by International Contest of Public Sculpture, Murcia (2013)
  • Selected to be the first spanish artist to submit his version of the classic "Lady Dior" bag in the exhibition "Lady Dior as seen by" , Hong Kong, China (2013)
  • First Prize International Contest Monumental Sculpture, Zaragoza (2012)
  • First Prize International Contest Door Sculpture Flagship Loewe, Madrid (2001)
  • Selected in the International Prize of Sculpture Constructions, Oviedo (2007)
  • International Prize of Sculpture of Box, Cáceres (2008)

Publican and private collections

  • Ritz Carlton Collection
  • Mori Museum
  • Mitsui Collection
  • IVAM Museum
  • Christian Dior Collection
  • BMW Collection
  • Gestamp Collection
  • Group Caser Collection
  • Iberdrola Collection
  • Soller Museum, Palma De Mallorca
  • Loewe Foundation
  • Maraya Foundation
  • Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Unesid Union of Metallurgical Companies