Olivia de Berardinis
Olivia de Berardinis (born 1948) is
an American painter of pin-up art and erotic art.
Olivia De Berardinis was born in
California in 1948 but spent most of her childhood on the East
Coast. Her father, Sante De Berardinis, was a freelance aeronautical
engineer, and his work kept Olivia's family constantly on the move.
Being the only child, Olivia lived in an adult world where she spent
much of her time drawing. Olivia's playful, flirtatious mother,
Connie, served as her favorite model and muse. In 1967 she attended
the New York School of Visual Arts, and became involved in the
minimalist art movement while there. Over the next few years she
took odd jobs to pay the rent but continued to paint and began to
show her work, primarily minimalist oils on canvas. By 1974
financial pressures induced Olivia to seek out commercial art work,
and so she returned to the skills she had gained as a child,
painting beautiful women for periodicals and paperback publishers.
In a short time Olivia secured regular work painting erotic
fantasies for men's magazines.
In 1975 Olivia met Joel Beren and
they were married four years later. Living on Manhattan's Upper West
Side they developed a small publishing business, O Cards, primarily
printing Olivia's work as greeting cards. They created another
company, Ozone Productions, Ltd. to sell and license Olivia's
artwork. Olivia has had shows of her artwork throughout the United
States and Japan, and her work is collected by fans worldwide. Over
200 limited editions have been published, and an original Olivia
painting now appears in each issue of Playboy magazine.