Olivia's Pin UpsErotica // Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013
Born in Long Beach, California in 1948, Olivia de Berardinis is an American artist known for her paintings of pin ups. Olivia has been working as a pin up artist since the mid-70's, and since 2004 she has been a monthly contributor to Playboy Magazine, where her art pinup page appears with captions written by Hugh Hefner.
She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1970, residing and creating minimalist paintings in Soho, NYC until 1974. Although she encountered early success out of art school, by 1975 financial pressures forced her to seek out commercial work, returning to the skills she had honed as a child painting women. In addition to securing work for periodicals and paperback publishers, advertisements, and move posters, Olivia was quickly employed as an erotic artist, painting sexual fantasies for men's magazines.
"Necessity shaped my career," says de Bernardinis, "I thought illustrating for sex magazines might be a fun temporary job until my 'real' career started. In the back of my mind I believed I would go back to the fine arts. It wasn't clear to me then, but this work became my art."
Olivia currently lives and works in Malibu, California. Her artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the US and Japan, and her images are collected by fans worldwide.