Berta Kolteniuk

  Berta Kolteniuk was born in Mexico City in 1958. She studied art at "La Esmeralda" (National Institute of Fine Arts-INBA) and at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas "San Carlos" (National Autonomous University of Mexico-UNAM). She joined the studio of Gilberto Aceves Navarro from 1977-80, and studied "Digital Imaging" at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2001.
Kolteniuk has had individual shows in Mexico City, San Cristobal de las Casas (Chiapas), San Antonio, Dallas and Washington DC. She has participated in more that 40 groups shows worldwide - including Mexico, London, Brussels, Paris, New York, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. Kolteniuk has been living in the United States since 1997.
In 1998 Kolteniuk start working with plaster on wood panels, exploring sculptural images, and creating collages that may include stones, hand woven fabrics, paper and thread. She also started to explore the color white making a parallel between the plaster and the snow. She exhibited these work in 1999 in a show titled "Antartica" at the Instituto Cultural Mexicano in San Antonio, TX. Then looking for simplicity and contrast, Kolteniuk refined her plasterwork with white sculptural elements on white backgrounds and showed "Estela" at the Richland Community College Gallery in Dallas. The result was a feast of textures often with a soft finished surface. In 2001 Kolteniuk started looking again for color and began to combine color panels and white surfaces composing them in different arrangements. She exhibited this work - "Cold and Warm" - in Washington D.C. and received a very favorable review in the Washington Post.
In 2002 Berta exhibited "Traveling" at the Adani Gallery. It showed the evolution of her works:  some as multiple panels, some in plaster, and others as oil paintings with color in clean abstract imagery.
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