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Todd Berman

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Condo View, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 16" X 20" © Todd Berman 2010
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City of Awesome, 2011 Details of Two Acrylic Paintings © Todd Berman
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compilation of paintings , 2013 Acrylic and Crowd-sourced Mixed Media on Canvas, Digitally Combined 48" X 36" © Todd Berman
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detail of the San Francisco Machine, 2013 Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas 8" Detail © Todd Berman
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City of Awesome at City Hall
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City of Awesome at City Hall, 2014 Graphic of Two Acrylic Paintings © 2014
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City of Awesome at City Hall, 2014 Graphic of Two Acrylic Paintings © 2014
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1976
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Tags
mixed-media, landscape, modern, figurative
Statement

My mission as an artist is to promote creativity. I do this indirectly through my own style of expressionism or more directly in my collaborative art.

When I look around, whether in the neighborhoods of San Francisco or while traveling the world, I do so with a sense of wonder and possibility. This translates into the energetic lines and vibrant colors of my marker drawings and acrylic paintings. With all of my art, I am saying, ā€œLook how fun this is! Let us all constantly re-imagine the world around us.ā€ That is my indirect way of promoting creativity.

When I make collaborative art, I ask people in public, at an event, or in a classroom to write or draw an idea on paper. For instance, I will approach you on the street and ask you to draw a picture of yourself (no skill needed, stick figure okay). I will cut your picture out, along with drawings done by your neighbors, and collage you all together into a painting of the neighborhood. The result is a painting that represents the diversity of a community.

With these paintings, I am directly prompting you to be creative, then I am showing you how your creativity can be part of something larger ā€“ something beautiful. And I bet you had lots of fun participating.

Creatively yours,

Todd Berman