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Congratulations to our artist of the week!

Lydia van den Berg

…I am a realistic perfectionist, but at the same time I am also a poet who believes in magic!  Lydia van den Berg
My name is Lydia van den Berg. I am an artist. My personal biography has been up until now a very dynamic and intensive one.  My nomadic life style allows me to travel without routes. I am free without any examples or schedule; I feel something magical within which allows me to be open for new adventures without any boundaries. It is a feeling that takes me to the edges of the gigantic ocean. My art is a pure reflection of my persona.
I have always created art, all through my life. In fact it is difficult for me not to be creative during the day. I always imagined that once I had a family with children, everything would normalize, but this is not the case. I see so many interesting and exciting things and art is the only medium in which I can truly express my thoughts and views.

Just do it! It has become my motto.
For the first time in my life I believe in myself and feel that I have become a professional artist. It is a new and once in a life time experience combined with a lot of learning.
For years I searched for my "Me" and my personality. I experimented for a long time with abstract art-, and familiarized myself with various techniques such as oil on canvas, papier-maché, encaustics, watercolors and acrylics on paper, even working for a while in a goldsmith’s studio.
My development and constant search for that "Something" has brought me to where I am now. Developing my "Magical-Poetic-Realism" style has been a long journey, reflecting my own personal journey. I began to develop it in the early 90’s but only identified myself through it in 2003.
When I was pregnant with my first child I wanted to decorate the children's room with child-friendly art. Yet after a long search I still had not found anything appropriate. My husband laughed and said, “Why don’t you paint something yourself?” I did and I am thankful.
Today "Magical-Poetic-Realism" has become my style, the trademark through which Lydia van den Berg can tell her story.
I can’t stop painting!
It is true! When I am in my studio working I say to myself: “When this project is completed, then I will have a break," but I can’t stop painting. I feel just happy when I touch the colors and enjoy the feeling of the brush smoothly gliding over the paper to leave a permanent colored image.
My life is intense and exciting and I feel that there is so much to tell.

I hope you will enjoy!

To view more works by Lydia visit her artist page at

or visit her website

PUBLISHED BY   Vivid Arts Network Blog / - New York, United States, February 2012
CURATED BY      Viviana Puello
PHOTO IMAGE    Lydia van den Berg in her Studio, 2011