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Olivia De Berardinis

For three decades, Oliva De Berardinis' pin-up art has been showcased at galleries, exhibitions and on the pages of various books and magazines including Playboy, Juxtapoz, Heavy Metal and Erotica. Born in California in 1948 of French descent Olivia De Berardinis 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 favourite model and muse. In 1967 she attended the New York School of Visual Arts.

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 artwork, 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. She is one of the few artists granted access to the late Bettie Page who has co-signed a number of these prints. Olivia has had shows throughout the United States and Japan and her work is collected by fans worldwide.

“She makes me so beautiful. Her pictures outshine all the rest!” -Bettie Page on Olivia

Books:
Let Them Eat Cheesecake (See Collectables)
Second Slice (See Collectables)
The Cheesecake Chronicles (See Collectables)