Spanish artist – Performance artist, Visual Arts
Berta Jayo was born in Santander, Spain. She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country (UPV), has a Master’s degree from the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London and participates in ISCP in New York (International Studio and Curational Program).
Of a multidisciplinary nature and eschewing stereotypes, her work can be seen in museums or in surprising street performances. She has exhibited with artists such as Rebecca Horn or Kiki Smith. Her art is notable for its immediacy and and generosity. In her last performance in New York she made t-shirts branded with the names of anxiolytic drugs and left them lying next to a dumpster where they were picked up by passing strangers. In another of her works, entitled ‘Holidays’, she invites people to go on vacation, choosing the hotel and the city. She has also produced various artist books, which are philosophical in nature, and some unique architectural designs. Her most extensive work so far is a series of nun’s habits made from camouflage fabric, Spanish-style dot patterns and many other fabrics. Her last performance in this vein featured 18 young women wandering the streets of Madrid dressed in nun’s habits which were matched together according to Pantone colors.