Moses & Jesus | Bronze Sculptor | 232.15.03

Barbara Beretich (1932-2018)


Barbara Beretich was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1936. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois and her MFA in sculpture from Claremont Graduate School. It was there she met Millard Sheets who became a life-long mentor. After graduate school she did Independent Study in Paris, 1966-67, and from 1984 to 1988, Independent Study in Italy with a concentration on bronze casting.

Artistically, Beretich makes her way in both painting and sculpture with numerous commissions for portrait or architectural studies.

Sculpture is for Beretich a means of expressing compassion, grief, or torment over serious issues such as evoked in her Moses/Christ piece which speaks of the Arab-Israeli conflict or 9-11, an acknowledgement of the anguish surrounding the terrorist event that occurred on that date. Obvious to anyone who meets her, Beretich has a lighthearted side as well s. She introduces her favorite cat, Coco, as her curator. Bronze cats or real cats, they are everywhere, and playful mermaid figures, too, that express her sense of humor.

It is hard to describe Barbara Beretich without mentioning her multi-directed, many-hatted life style. A visit to her home and studio in Claremont underscores her works-in-progress approach where every corner exhibits a unique passion, an on-going project, or new focus her interest are eclectic, her affections consuming, her creativity far-reaching, and her generosity impressive.

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