2006-07 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar
Claudia Bernardi is an internationally known artist whose work reflects her commitment to human rights and social justice. Born in Buenos Aires, Bernardi grew up in Argentina during a highly unstable time in its history – a time of dictatorship and extreme political unrest, and one when many Argentines lived in perpetual fear for their lives. In 1979 she left Argentina for the United States. She currently works and lives in Berkeley, California.
Since 1985 Bernardi has exhibited her work in over 40 solo exhibitions at a variety of international venues: The International World Peace Center in Hiroshima; The Center for Building Peace, Donegal, Northern Ireland; DAH Teater in Belgrade, Serbia, and Montenegro; the University of Haifa, Israel; The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; The Carl Gorman Museum at U.C. Davis; among many others. She received an MFA from the National Institute of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires , and an MA and second MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2004 Bernardi was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. She has taught at the Universidad del Salvador; Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires; California College of the Arts; Mills College; the San Francisco Art Institute; and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Bernardi was the subject of a 2000 documentary directed by Penelope Price, Pasa un Angel/An Angel Passes, which won the Golden Spire Award for Best Art Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 2004 Price created another documentary about the life and work of Bernardi called Artist of Resistance.