Lorenzo Berg


Lorenzo Harold Berg Salvo (Concepción, Chile, 1924 – Santiago, Chile, 1984) is sculptor and craftsman. He studied at the School of Applied Arts of the University of Chile between 1948 and 1952. He was a student of Gustavo Carrasco and was activelly part of the group Rectángulo. Between 1959 and 1960, he studied at the School of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London where he then taught copper enamel classes and developped new techniques for using copper. Healso studied religious art in Oxford, Cambridge, Gloucester, York, Exeter, Ely and Bath.
After his death, the Lorenzo Berg Prize was instituted for the best national and foreign craftsmen wof the International Fair of Traditional Crafts (Feria Internacional de Artesanía Tradicional) organized by the Pontificia Católica University of Chile. In 1985, his widow Mrs. Sara Costa de Berg was awarded of the Municipal Prize of Providencia, Santiago, Chile, for the strong impulse of her husband in the development and valorisation of craftmen activity in Latin America. The memory of this artist and cultural manager was perpetuated in the so-called Artistic Grouping Lorenzo Berg, who have set out to show him as a visionary man that was promoting nationally and internationally the craftsman and his work.