The daughter of a maverick banker, Guri was born in Trondheim and grew up in Honningsvåg – a small fishing village on the North Cape, Norway. While her father, Erling Berg, established economic foundations for the fishermen in the northern rural areas of Norway, Guri was early exposed to creative activities by her mother Herfrid, a professional tailor.
Guri Berg is perhaps best known for her stoneware sculpture portraits of world natives and her stone-quarry work. A common trait of her work is to combine art with technology. Foreign instance, she has been using mathematical filter-functions as a basis for a series of large oil paintings, and also the sketches of her later sculpture work have often been designed and processed with the aid of a computer.
Previously, she worked in San Francisco and nearby Silicon Valley for almost ten years, and has received several official commissions – one of which is the largest sculpture by a European female artist.
A 110-ton silica concrete monument. Most recently she has been working on a sculpture series in a stone-quarry in Estremoz, Portugal, and at the world"s foremost stoneware foundry in Serbia.
Guri Berg studied sculpting, painting, and interior design for 13 years – the last five of which at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway, where she received her degree in sculpting.