Sylvie Berger was born in Toulouse, in the south of France. She immigrated to Israel and lived in the Kibbutz "Kfar Etsion" in 1985, where she met her husband-to-be, Shay. Once married, they decided to live in Jerusalem, the Holy City that had nourished their imagination and dreams throughout their entire childhood. After the birth of her fourth child and after ten years of office work, Sylvie decided to realize her long-time dream to develop her creative soul. She studied art at the Jerusalem school of art. After her studies, she taught children during several years and continued, at the same time, to learn with other artists, in particular the art of Illumination of Hebrew Manuscripts. She then started to create Judaica manuscripts on vellum and traditional papercut, using ink, watercolors, powdered gold and 24 K gold leaf. Her works reflect contemporary design and are based on historical ornaments derived from various cultures and periods throughout history.
With time, she advanced to oil painting. She desired to add stronger colors. Her paintings got more colorful. She is always searching for a new approach to the painting process. Harmony has an important place in her life and that is reflected in her works.
Jerusalem, where she lives and works, is the core of her inspiration and her themes. Many of her works contain a reminder of the city, either in icon or in text. Stories from the bible, too provide her with an endless source of inspiration.
Painting is her passion, painting is her way to express her emotions and feelings. For Sylvie,"to create is to breathe".