Hila Berliner [hilaberliner]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
Art is my way of life. Every day I need to do something creative. Recently I take pictures on the beach and also write an illustrated book about Chinese idioms.
What is your message?
My message is that every thing can be an inspiration for art
Your biography in four lines.
I received my Bachelor's degree in accounting and economics, and my Master’s degree in History of Art, both in Tel Aviv University. While studying for the B.A., I also studied painting at the studio of Prof. Swartzman, who had been a teacher at the Berlin Academy before the Second World War.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Many things inspire me - people, landscape, everything I see around me, art of other artists , CHinese art, Chinese idioms etc.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Very important role. I use a digital camera for taking photographs and making short movies. Likewise, I use design software for creating illustrations. Sometimes I use images from the Internet as an inspiration.
What is art?
There in no real definition for art. For me it is everyhing made by humans, that makes me feel something aboout it.
When do you get your best ideas?
This is not predictable.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I cannot explain this, but I can explain what is good or bad about an idea.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
I do not really understand the question
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I started to paint every day and could not stop painting even for one day. I guess it was when I was 18 years old.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Every person has his character and I think that in this respect artists are not different from others.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
How should a work of art be evaluated?
First, the person who evaluates art should be knowledgeable in art and should be familiar with the history of art - Western and Eastern.
Second, the art should excite the viewer in some way.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
No, but he would better not be stuck in one way for a long time.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
This changes through time, but my admiration to Chinese art is permanent. Likewise I admire Japanese and Indian art. It influences my art by making me pay attention to the quality of line.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
I think that art should be supported by the public , but more important is to support art education.
Is art necessary?
Very much. It makes people see the reality from another point of view, which makes their life richer.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
I do not know
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
It is very important to know the past in order to create the present and the future.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
They made my art familiar to more people.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Now I illustrate my book about Chinese idioms.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Everything I do
Do you personally collect any items?
I collect things that I plan to make something creative from them.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
All kinds of them
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
To learn the history of art and also learn drawing.
Tel Aviv - Israel