June 3 to July 31, 2015 at 6PM
German Pérez’s AMEN DE MARIPOSAS exhibit reception.
Dominican artist German Pérez brings his acclaimed exhibit inspired by the Mirabal Sisters to Pregones as part of our “10 on WALTON” Bronx Anniversary celebration.
We are proud to kick-off our “10 on WALTON” Bronx Anniversary celebration with the opening reception for internationally acclaimed Dominican painter GERMAN PEREZ‘s exhibit AMEN DE MARIPOSAS at our lobby gallery, on Wednesday, June 3rd, starting at 6PM.
AMEN DE MARIPOSAS is a distinctive selection of 11 canvases in the evolving Caribbean Pop and Post-Graffiti styles of painter German Perez. This exhibit is titled after a poem by the great Pedro Mir, a powerful retelling of the story of the Mirabal Sisters of the Dominican Republic.
Vocally opposed to the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, three of the four sisters were assassinated on 25 November 1960 and are today remembered as symbols of popular and feminist resistance. The dynamic images on view are realized through digital mixed media. June 3rd opening is part of Free First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley of Bronx Council on the Arts.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 at 6:00 PM
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, THE BRONX
German Pérez has represented his country leading artistic delegations to European biennials in France, Norway, Spain and Hungary. Perez’ work has also been acquired by the Dominican Republic Museum of Modern Art, the Budapest Museum of Modern Art, the Norwegian Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art in Ibiza, Spain, Gulf and Western, New York; as well as by the multinational telecommunications company AT&T/USA.
Perez is considered one of the leading proponents and innovators of the Dominican Republic’s 1980s artistic scene. Originally a student of architecture, Perez has experimented with a wide range of visual media for artistic expression, including photography, drawing, sculpture and graphic art. All these techniques have been featured prominently in different phases of his artistic life.
In 1983 he moved to New York City and became involved in the Pop Art movement, exhibiting his work in Soho, alongside artists like Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. One year later he mounted a solo exhibition in the lobby of the World Trade Center, as part of a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
During the course of his career, German Pérez has curated 28 solo exhibitions all over the world, presenting his work in New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Panama , Miami , Washington DC and Belgium. His pictorial body of work can be found in public and private collections, including among the Collections of internationally acclaimed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, Punta Cana founder, the late Theodore Kheel, world famous Parisian chef Alain Ducasse, Nely Galan of Galan Entertainment (Los Angeles), and Anthony Ball, President of Fox Sports (Australia). In addition, renowned writers such as Julia Alvarez, Kathy Engel and Sergio Troncoso have chosen the visuals of German Perez to illustrate the covers of their novels and poetry collections. In 2012 Perez was named the official Artist for the Grammy’s. Perez created the Grammy logo design which was used for its programs, posters, invitations, and other merchandising and collateral materials.
Some reviewers have stated that Perez’ paintings serves as a repository of the Dominican Republic’s cultural legacy, reflecting his country’s search for identity and voice. Perez is a link from the island’s past to its future, as he has studied and researched the roots of the island’s cultural heritage, with a particular focus on the African influence and the island’s native Taino roots, both of which has had a permanent influence on his artistic work and vision.
Pregones Theater in The Bronx is located at
575 Walton Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10451
(Walton Avenue between 149th St. & 150th St.)
Trains #2, 4, 5 to 149th Street & Grand Concourse