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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Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
"Hubig Pies and a Barq's"
John Turner Painting
John Turner
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
Tylor and His Dog Lemon
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
Science Mural
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Mardi Gras Ball
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
The Source
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Kermit Ruffins : BBQ swinger
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting
Gabriel Flores
seen
Jessica Strahan JHand Paints
Painting
Jessica Strahan
Temperance (XIV)
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
Shattered Shorty
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
Clouds Uplifting
Daryl D. Johnson Painting
Daryl D. Johnson
Golden Hour Heron
Lorin Vieira Painting
Lorin Vieira
Touch of Magenta - Geode
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
Buddy Bolden
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
The Godfather of Soul
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
No Coasters Needed
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
'Mono No Aware' Fine Art Print
Heather Bird Harris Painting
Heather Bird Harris
Leap of Faith - Original Mixed Media Abstract on Vintage Textbook Paper
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Waiter/Waitress
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
Saint of Lost Causes
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
Golden Hour
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Aggressive or Soft
Katie Yaquinto Painting
Katie Yaquinto
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting
Lionel Milton
Blushing Oyster Original Painting
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Uptown Ruler
Nicole Ockmond Painting
Nicole Ockmond
"India"
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Watson 101 Print
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Aftermath
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
Moon Moss
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
Banana flower 2
Katie Kut Painting
Katie Kut
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Bird Watching
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
Le Bon Temp Roule
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
"A Rose For Jim"
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
"Three O'clock Blues" homage to Gary Clark Jr.
George McClements Painting
George McClements
Ascending Trees
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Fallen Leaves, Prints
Josie Azuma Painting
Josie Azuma
Abstract #2
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Scene from 'Alligator' (1980)
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Blue Roots 1
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
Counting Her Chickens
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
"Suyeni"
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Grey Green Ladder
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
The Neighborhood
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Unbroken Shadows
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Tomb of The Unknown Slave
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Terrance Strikes a Pose on Lafitte Street
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Blue Notecard
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Bicycle in the Marigny
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
Close Encounter
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Pink Cadillac
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Limerita Angelica
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Fragility- Fine Art Print
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Land Before Time II
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Confluence of Emotions in a Field
Donald Fontenot Painting
Donald Fontenot
LYRS
Gabrielle Tolliver Painting
Gabrielle Tolliver
Wildlife
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Glissando
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
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