(1966 – )
Arturo Berned was born in Madrid on the 26th of May 1966 and graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. With the benefit of study grants he was able to complete his courses and carry out his first architecture and planning commissions. Much of his early work took place in London, Oxford, Turin and Mexico before finally becoming established in Madrid at the end of the 1990s when he joined the Estudio Lamela Arquitectos practice. He held the post of Projects and Works Manager within the Lamela practice and was involved in a variety of projects including Terminal T4 at Madrid Barajas Airport (Richard Rogers) and the Real Madrid Sports Centre.
In early 2000 he was awarded First Prize in the National Projects and Works Competition for Architecture for his work on the Infanta Leonor Hospital in Madrid which he worked on jointly with Ramón Araujo and Luis Vidal. That same year he was also awarded First Prize in the Concurso Internacional Puerta Escultura Flagship Loewe.
This was the starting point for him to develop his vocation in sculpture by dedicating himself to researching the forms and materials which were to later define the identity of his artistic work. The results of this stage were exhibited in Madrid in 2008 in his first solo exhibition.
Following several years of work and showings, in 2012 the IVAM (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern) hosted what was, at the time, considered to be his most ambitious exhibition. The Valency institution selects some 50 works for exhibition which are representative of his career to date.
A year later he became the first Spanish artist to form a part of the Christian Dior Collection, where artists from all over the world express their interpretation of the
iconic Lady Dior bag. Berned debuted his interpretation, titled Lady Dior As Seen By, in Hong Kong.
One of his most recent works is a participation in the "Spanish – Japanese Dual Year" with a sculpture sponsored by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito (Pritzker Prize in 2013). The exhibition comprises eight large scale sculptures which are the result of his living in Japan and therefore pay tribute to the Japanese people and culture. With this exhibition the artist brought to an end the phase entitled MU, which refers to a blank sheet of paper, an attitude of openness without preconceived ideas or prejudices..