"Remember, all of man's happiness is in the little valleys. Tiny little ones. Small enough to call from one side to the other". Jean Giono. 

Maria Bertrán’s use of vibrant colors and her bold brush strokes create works with a unique richness and depth, appreciable from a distance and close up. 

Her relentless pursuit of capturing light through her work has taken her to remote places in Tahiti, Mexico, Venezuela, France, Italy and the United States. Her paintings clearly broadcast her passionate appreciation for the beauty of landscapes, harbors, boats, rivers, towns, markets scenes, doors, facades, the still life, and the live model. And her fearless technique applying thick amounts of paint and creating intense contrast, sets her apart from her contemporaries.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Bertrán received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. She currently resides between her studios in a tucked away hamlet in the heart of Provence, France and in Laguna Beach, California.


Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, USA
Bo Artist Representation, Philadelphia, PA


  •  Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, California. 1987 to present
  •  St. Saturnin les Apt Exhibitions Gallery, Provence, France. 2009
  • Courcoux and Courcoux, Stockbridge, UK. 2010 to 2011
  • Dick Kleinman Fine Art, Cleveland, Ohio. 2009 
  • La Cachette Gallery, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. 2003 to 2008 
  • Harrison Gallery, Key West, Florida. 1999 to 2005
  •  Rick Moore Gallery, Naples, Florida. 1997 to 2010
  • Miranda Gallery, Aspen, Colorado. 1996 ; 1997
  • Art Expo, New York, New York. 1993 ; 1997
  • Flavigny sur Ozerain Salle des Expositions, Burgundy, France. 1993 
  • Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, California. Summer, 1986 and 1987
  •  Bluebird Gallery, Laguna Beach, California. 1983
  •  Galeria de Arte El Muro, Caracas, Venezuela. 1982
  •  Galeria de Arte Sans Souci, Caracas, Venezuela. 1979
  • Steinberg Gallery, St Louis, Missouri. 1979

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California. Annual Art Auction, 1997 to 2000, 2010 to 2019

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