Fred Bergercardi is a Chinese ink painter whose mesmerizing and atmospheric canvases update this media for the twenty-first century. He received his PhD in Biology in 1995. In 2009, Bergercardi earned a certificate in Chinese Ink painting at the prestigious Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and since then has continued to explore the medium of Xie yi ink painting under master artist Lim Kay Hiong.
Bergercardi’s passion for Chinese ink painting is ignited by the medium’s history and relevance throughout human history. Chinese ink painting is one of the few ancient mediums of art that has maintained its aesthetic integrity over more than a thousand years. Bergercardi’s work pushes the dialogue between water, ink, and paper to the reach new potential of representation, while maintaining awareness of the medium’s relevance in both distant and modern art historical trends.
Bergercardi’s most recent series is preoccupied with the process of memory. He uses his brush to mediate internal mental landscapes of swirling emotions that rush and pool in the crevices of the mind. The works—alternately deep and playful, but always otherworldly—give the viewer the perspective of an intrepid diver plumbing the depths of an ancient ocean. Bergercardi’s brush creates organic swirls and billows that alternately bring to mind smoke, water, fire, and wind. His works recall the importance of memory in a rapidly evolving world where we may wake one day to find ourselves divining the future by the dim light of our remembered past.
His work has been featured in a variety of group exhibitions. Bergercardi’s pieces are held in private collections around the world.