Artists: Gustavo Pérez
Born February 27, 1950 in Mexico City.
Studies engineering, mathematics and philosophy in the UNAM (Mexico City). The same year as his graduation from the UNAM (1971) he comes into contact with clay at the Escuela de Diseño y Artesanías de la Ciudadela. He enters the School of Art and Design in Mexico. From then on he would never abandon his dedication to clay. Even today he says: "For me, ceramic is and has been the center of life." After years of dedicating himself to utilitarian ceramics, he arrives in Holland in 1981. This first trip to Holland opens the doors to Europe and its creators. His personal style as a drawing ceramist becomes more and more defined. Since 1992 he has been living and working in Zoncuantla, Xalapa, Veracruz. From his small workshop hidden under the humid rainforest, Pérez produces ever more organic vases and sculptures. He relentlessly repeats two fundamental thoughts that inspire him in his work. On the one side, while exploring clay for many years, the material reveals to him ever more often its possibilities. In this way, the material becomes like a partner that responds to the ceramist. On the other side, Pérez is always looking for something new, which he will, in the end, reconcile with the old. Therefore, we find, after a period in which he dedicated himself almost exclusively to incisions, several firings in which his compressed pieces are predominant. Sooner or later we find the already famous incisions on the new compressed forms.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Long Beach Museum of Art; Cultural Center of Contemporary Art in Mexico City; Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany; Montreal Decorative Arts Museum, Canada; Museum of Art from the Prefecture de Saga, Saga, Japan; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Oaxaca; Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México; Museum of the Shigaraki Foundation, Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
1999 Gustavo Pérez. Cerámica, Museo de Arte Moderno, México, D.F.
2000 Keramikmuseum, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Alemania
2002 Danmarks Keramikmuseum Grimmerhus, Grimmerhus, Dinamarca
2005 Retrospective, Franz Mayer Museo, México, D.F.