Max Bernardi

Artist + Max Bernardi

I first began my career as a scenic artist in 1992, while attending Atlanta College of Art. painting scenery for corporate parties, murals and faux finishes on trade show booths for Nike and LA Gear, as well as on films such as “RoboCop III” and “Consenting Adults”. I landed my first experience creating exhibit work was and murals for the “Water Works Museum” in Clanton, AL.  

In 1996, I was inspired to move to the more culturally vibrant New Orleans. I was immediately hired by Kern Sculpture, and one of my first projects for them are the three larger-than-life alligators playing instruments which still grace the front entrance of the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas. I soon moved onto Spangenberg Studios, producing scenery for Mardi Gras balls, then became the scenic charge the the company was purchased by Maloney Productions (2001-2004), and worked simultaneously as the scenic charge at Southern Repertory Theatre (2002-2006). I left to once again freelance, and my main client for the next 10 years was the Audubon Institute. I executed many murals for the Aquarium’s Changing Exhibit area, as well as building and painting exhibits for the Audubon Zoo, Insectarium, and now defunct Nature Center. I also designed and painted murals in many privately-owned homes and businesses, such as McMillian’s First Steps and the Magnolia Mansion.

In 2007, an educational chapter of my life began when I was approached by Clarence Becknell to lead two groups of high school art students in executing two educational murals, at McMain High School (2009) and Warren-Easton High School (2010), with the theme of the historical contribution of the Buffalo Soldiers. Soon after, I designed and led an educational mural project for the House of Blues Foundation with the theme, “New Orleans: A Canvas for the Imagination”. In 2014, I was invited to be the Artist-in-Residence at Isodore Newman School, working with the students in both middle and high school to visually express their feelings about the Diminishing Wetlands in mural form. I did many projects while also supplementing my income by painting floats, especially for Bacchus, Endymion, Muses and Orpheus.

The most significant mural work I have done to date has been two large-scale murals on either side of Breaux Mart located in Uptown New Orleans. One features a 45’ alligator and a 6’ tall nutria, while the other depicts scenes of people buying and selling groceries in New Orleans during the 19th Century.

In the past years, Bernardi has further developed her style in the portrayal of local musicians in their own act of creation- on stage while improvising. Many of these works were exhibited at the club where these works were first inspired and conceived, and have been recently released in a 2021 calendar featuring 12 of these selected works entitled “The Sidebar NOLA Series”. Her mural work continues with a recent collaboration with New Orleans muralist Jamar Pierre, and with a commission currently in development for the Louisiana Pepper Exchange.


 

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Ascending Trees
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Bird Watching
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
MID-CITY
Ember Soberman
Saint of Lost Causes
Sean Randall Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Sean Randall
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
UPTOWN
Jeremy Paten
Banana flower 2
Katie Kut Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Katie Kut
High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Debbie Boyd
Kermit Ruffins : BBQ swinger
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Gabriel Flores
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
NORTHSHORE
Kris Muntan
Temperance (XIV)
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
GARDEN DISTRICT
Margaux Hymel
Bicycle in the Marigny
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Lyla Clayre
Fallen Leaves, Prints
Josie Azuma Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Josie Azuma
Unbroken Shadows
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Moon Moss
Stephen Rooney Painting
LOWER NINTH WARD
Stephen Rooney
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
NORTH SHORE
Darlene Langendonk
Mardi Gras Ball
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Wildlife
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
'Exhale' Fine Art Print
Heather Bird Harris Painting
GENTILLY
Heather Bird Harris
Fragility- Fine Art Print
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Tylor and His Dog Lemon
Paige DeVries Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Paige DeVries
Limerita Angelica
Rayne Bories Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Rayne Bories
In Between The Light & Me
Maggie Jones Boudreaux Painting
RUSTON
Maggie Jones Boudreaux
Golden Hour
Anne Blenker Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Anne Blenker
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
LAFAYETTE
Michael Eble
Leap of Faith - Original Mixed Media Abstract on Vintage Textbook Paper
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
DENHAM SPRINGS
Rachel Rice-Baham
Close Encounter
Maddie Stratton Painting
TREME
Maddie Stratton
The Source
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Terrance Strikes a Pose on Lafitte Street
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
UPTOWN
Drew Cooke
Glissando
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Connor McManus
Shattered Shorty
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
SLIDELL
Patrick Henry
"Blue in Green #2 homage to Bill Evans and Miles Davis
George McClements Painting
NEW ORLEANS
George McClements
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephanie Reed Painting
7TH WARD
Stephanie Reed
Esplanade Ridge
Charles Hoffacker Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Charles Hoffacker
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting
Lionel Milton
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
NEW ORLEANS
George Dolgy
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Kat Ryalls
Bayou Diminuendo
Emory Nolan Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Emory Nolan
Marsh Island
Jata Craighill Painting
GULF COAST
Jata Craighill
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
ALGIERS
MILAGROS Collective
"India"
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
UPTOWN
Ceaux .
Le Bon Temp Roule
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Nurhan Gokturk
Clouds Uplifting
Daryl D. Johnson Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Daryl D. Johnson
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
seen
Jessica Strahan JHand Paints
Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Jessica Strahan
Golden Hour Heron
Lorin Vieira Painting
BATON ROUGE
Lorin Vieira
"Hope"
Brett Henderson Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Brett Henderson
The Neighborhood
Ella Albrecht Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Ella Albrecht
The Godfather of Soul
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Lucille Anderson
Emerged
Charissa Owens Painting
ALEXANDRIA
Charissa Owens
Watson 101 Print
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Bruce Corona
Aggressive or Soft
Katie Yaquinto Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Katie Yaquinto
Uptown Ruler
Nicole Ockmond Painting
Nicole Ockmond
Abstract #2
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Grey Green Ladder
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
OLD METAIRIE
Julie Silvers
The Oaks
Camille Barnes Visionary Design LLC
Painting
Camille Barnes
Scene from 'Alligator' (1980)
Thomas Deaton Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Thomas Deaton
Blushing Oyster Original Painting
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Sarah Nelson
Land Before Time II
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
MARIGNY
Leroy Miranda Jr.
No Coasters Needed
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
Ascension Original Framed Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
Tomb of The Unknown Slave
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Blue Roots 1
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
NEW ORLEANS
Devin De Wulf
Touch of Magenta - Geode
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
COVINGTON
Lori Sperier
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Saegan Swanson
Waiter/Waitress
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Alexandra Kilburn
"Hubig Pies and a Barq's"
John Turner Painting
NEW ORLEANS
John Turner
Blue Notecard
Shelby Little Painting
SAINT ROCH
Shelby Little
LYRS
Gabrielle Tolliver Painting
Gabrielle Tolliver
Buddy Bolden
Connie Kittok Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Connie Kittok
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
"A Rose For Jim"
Meghan Methe Painting
METARIE
Meghan Methe
Confluence of Emotions in a Field
Donald Fontenot Painting
MANDEVILLE
Donald Fontenot
Garden Variety
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
NEW ORLEANS
Rebecca Birtel Madura
"Louisiana Egrets Face to Face"
Caroline Youngblood Painting
MONROE
Caroline Youngblood
Science Mural
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Pink Cadillac
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
UPTOWN
Cheryl Anne Grace
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