Born in Klangenfurt, Austria, Bernhard Keber was influenced at a young age by the Alps and the depth of nature surrounding him. His first contact with art was at the local grade school which prompted his aspirations to be an artist. Since 1993, Bernhard has exhibited in galleries and coffeehouses in both Austria and England. He continues to be influenced by his travels through various countries such as India, Pakistan and Canada. Bernhard works out of his studio near Stony Plain, Alberta.
My art has no time reflection. My aim is to produce ‘living art’ that is functional and becomes part of the ambience of life. Living art surrounds you all the time, everywhere.
My love for nature is reflected in my work. I bring nature into a modern form by floating vibrant colors with abstract ideas of life. My belief is that art is everything that we produce without trying to copy elements of nature. Any material, any feeling, any weather, any dream is actually welcome to put influence into the work.
I love watercolor – it is a very pure, elegant way to express my feelings. My preference is an untraditional treatment of watercolor on canvas which is inspired by Michelangelo Buonarroti. I prefer vibrant colors and abstract realism.
Austrian Hundertwasser’s art and philosophy intrigues me. Like him, I paint similar to how a vegetable grows – seed of an idea, to a sprout which begins to flourish and grow and becomes something it wasn’t to begin with.
I express myself by producing paintings, jewelry, furniture and Suiseki (an ancient Japanese art form of ‘placement’). Mediums vary from watercolors, canvas, plaster, silver, clay, metal, tiles, fossils and wood.