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Pinup Artist Olivia

By Devin Devasquez

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Olivia De Beradinis

 

Olivia has painted some of the most beautiful women of our time including Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe and Pamela Anderson just to name a few. She's not your typical artist and her style is very unique to her. This is why she's been painting the legendary Playboy mansion invitations for the past two decades.

She is the Vargas of the 21st century and seems to capture a woman's beauty like no other. I know firsthand because she painted me several years ago. It's an honor to have Olivia choose you as one of her models. You are in a very elite group of women.

 

Olivia De Beradinis has done a vast amount of work on the legendary pinup Bettie Page and is now releasing her new 2014 calendar. 

For more on Olivia and her art visit her website

 

 

Olivia De Berardinis (born November 1948) is an American artist who mainly paints paintings of women, often referred to as pinup or cheesecake art. She has been working in this genre since the mid-70's. Since 2004 Olivia has been a monthly contributor to Playboy Magazine, where her art pinup page appears with captions written by Hugh Hefner.

 

Born in Long Beach, California, her childhood years were spent primarily on the east coast. She attended the New York School of Visual Arts '67 -'70. Resided in, Soho, N.Y.C. from 1970 to '74, creating Minimalist paintings. Olivia was one of the new artists introduced in the Second Annual Contemporary Reflections 1972-73, of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn. Also presented as one of 18 new artists in the "Tenth Anniversary, the Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 1964-74" with established artists including Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin, and Frank Stella. By 1975. financial pressures forced Olivia to seek out commercial art work. She returned to the skills she had gained as a child, painting women. She did work for periodicals and paperback publishers, advertisements, and movie posters. Olivia quickly secured regular work, starting in '74, painting erotic fantasies for men's magazines. "Necessity shaped my career, I thought illustrating for sex magazines might be a fun temporary job until my "real" career started. In the back of my mind I believed I would go back to the fine arts. It wasn't clear to me then, but this work became my art."

 

In 1977, she and partner Joel Beren started the O Card Company to publish Olivia's work as greeting cards. In 1979, she married Joel Beren in NYC. They created another company, Ozone Productions, Ltd., to sell and license Olivia's artwork. In 1987, they moved from Manhattan, New York to Malibu, California, where they currently reside.[1]

 

Olivia's artwork has been shown in art galleries throughout the United States and Japan, and her work is collected by fans worldwide. An original Olivia painting now appears in each issue of Playboy magazine.

 

 

Published on Dec 08, 2013

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