What is your name: Katie Berenson
Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I am a self taught artist.
What is the style of your pieces: Pop portrait art.
What is the medium in which you work: I work in mixed media style of acrylic and original photography.
What started you on your path as an artist: I have been an artist for as long as I can remember, age 2, haha. But I did take a long absence for about 5 years. One night I woke up from a strange dream and immediately called my best friend. I explained the imagery in the dream and she told me this was very Dali-like and I had to paint it. So…I did. With this experience I somehow rediscovered my love for painting.
What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Art has brought me a release like nothing else can. It gives me a chance to show people how I see the world.
What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: I am very interested in water color. I find it to be very difficult and therefore it fascinates me.
Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: Yes I do have art showings. I take a lot of time picking the gallery or venue, hiring the right DJ, designing the right lighting etc…. I think these are all just as important as creating the perfect piece of art. Without the atmosphere the show can be ruined. I try to create a fun usually bright Neon-like atmosphere. And of course it is always a great party.
Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: I always make art in my pajamas. So usually underwear and a ratty tank top.
What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? The most frustrating part is the promotion and business side of it. I am more of the creator not the business woman.
What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Definitely pb&j
Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: This year my work has taken a brighter turn. I’ve turned everything into a big ball of Neon.
Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali both for very different reasons.
Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Unfortunately I don’t have any animals. Although I am dying for puppy…and I’m sure she will love my art.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: I just closed my exhibition NEON UNDERGROUND in Hollywood at Freak City. I will be heading home to NYC for the summer and hope to exhibit while I am in town.