OBITUARY

Siri Berg

September 14, 1921April 8, 2020

Siri Berg was born on September 14, 1921 and passed away on April 8, 2020 and is under the care of Riverside Memorial Chapel.

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Cindy Ludwig

October 22, 2020

My husband and I purchased our first painting from Siri approximately 25 years ago. I loved the entire process from our introduction, getting to know her, visiting Siri in Soho, several times, where she would share her art with me in her effort to recommend a piece “just right.” She took the time and trouble to visit our home, determined and knowing she would sell us a painting. After careful consideration, she invited us back to her loft for her personal recommendation. She considered the COLORS that are RIGHT for us, WHERE it would hang and the impact it would have. Siri was flexible with our payment terms and we committed. We hang Kabbalah proudly in our home and I am reminded of Siri and her engaging personality every time I stop to appreciate it. My heartfelt condolences to Jeff, Arthur and family. May her memory be a blessing.
Cindy

Pamela Vassil

July 4, 2020

Pam Klein and I hired Siri to teach at Parsons School of Design. She was amazing--a great teacher and and a great artist. Even more, she spoke her mind and was a pleasure with whom to interact. I was so sad when I read her obit and have been trying to reach her sons to tell them how sad I am about their loss and the world's loss. I hope that if they read this, they will contact me or send an email where I can respond to them directly.

Thinking of her with joy in my heart. She was really something. What a spirit.

Arthur Berg

April 11, 2020

My mother, Siri Berg, peacefully passed away in her artist loft in Soho.  It felt sad, but knowing she was comfortable, at peace, and loved by so many, made it easier.  At 98 years old, it was simply her time.  I had face-timed with her a few times during her last day, and had many chances over the past few weeks to tell her how much I loved her, how special she was and how she influenced so many lives, from family and friends, to fellow artists, aspiring students, and members of her Jewish & Swedish community.

Her art, which I grew up with, spanned over 50 years, and was the subject of a number of career retrospective shows, most recently in 2019, in Washington, DC at the House of Sweden, part of the Swedish Embassy.  She was also the subject of a documentary "In Color”, also released in 2019. My personal highlight, achieved years ago, was having a piece selected for the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. She hardly talked about it, which was typical of her when it came to tributes of this nature.

The timing to lose a loved one is never easy. But I take great solace in knowing my mom lived a really long and robust life. And my family will take lots of time and joy, in celebrating her over the next year.  For that, I am grateful and see the silver lining. She will be missed by many I am sure.

Thomas Rocco

April 11, 2020

Siri was such a good person, friend, teacher and she was a superlative colorist-artist. We think of her every day as we look at two prints we are privileged to have. She will be greatly missed.