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Bettina Werner, "The Queen of Salt" is an internationally critically acclaimed artist, who exclusively utilizes SALT as an artistic medium to create her innovative artworks.
Born in Milan, Italy in 1965, she is now residing in The Financial District of New York City, where she is contributing to a new beginning with the cathartic power of her one -of -a- kind salt artworks. She is a driving force in Lower Manhattan with her radiant, unique artwork. Her loft faces the New York Stock Exchange, in the newly renovated Philippe Starck Building.
The Title "Queen of Salt" refers to her pioneering and revolutionary use of salt in art creating paintings, sculptures and installations with her invention of textured colorized salt technique, developed in the early 1980's.
While studying at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan and discovering salt to be her own treasure, Bettina Werner began creating combinations of textures and colors with salt crystals.
She became intrigued by the history of salt starting in ancient times, its wonderful texture, its transparency, its radiance, its healing power, its important value and use as currency. She was fascinated by its philosophic meaning, its power in the immense force of the sea and in the chemistry of our human bodies.
Bettina Werner creates a majesty with crystals of salt making it a distinguished unique signature of artistic language.
Her success in revering salt in vibrant colors led Bettina Werner to the U.S. in 1989. One year later she started showing her artwork with Marisa Del Re Gallery in the Fuller Building, located on 57th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
She celebrated her 25th anniversary of her creative Art journey, with a Retrospective at 7 WORLD TRADE CENTER in New York City. View the spectacular slideshow of the Art Exhibition here:
View the invitation and press release of the Art Exhibition here:
Bettina Werner's artwork has been exhibited in Museums, galleries and public spaces extensively throughout Europe, Russia and the United States, including: the Whitney Museum, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Detroit Institute of Art, Portofino Museum, Italy, Triennale Museum in Milan, Las Vegas Art Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, the collection of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel , the collection of Martin Margulies of Miami and Nicos Vernicos of Athens, Greece.
In New York in 2002, she founded "The Salt Queen Foundation",a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution, its goals include the celebration of artists whose free imagination is uniquely expressed through the use of innovative techniques and unusual materials. http://www.thesaltqueenfoundation.org
Reviews and features on her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Art in America, Elle, Architectural Digest,The Chicago Tribune,The Miami Herald, ArtNews, Elle Decor, GQ, Flash Art, Hamptons Magazine, New York Post,'Espresso, Il Corriere della Sera, and many more publications. Read press here:
and two interested interviews here:
Bettina Werner has been featured in art textbooks throughout Europe such as "Arte del Novecento by Miriam Mirolla and Guido Zucconi, through the prestigious Italian publishing house Mondadori Universita' 2002 and "Arte Moderna", by Giulio Carlo Argan, an art textbook used throughout Italy's Schools.
Music credit: "In The Name of Salt " Music Competition Courtesy The Salt Queen Foundation
Click here to listen to the finalists songs!
Photo Credit: Gordon Erikson, Mimmo Attademo, Renzo Spirit, Giobarto
Courtesy THE SALT QUEEN FOUNDATION