We are honored to host the art of Diego Perez at our Downtown Walla Walla Wine Bar July 25th through October 2nd.
Diego Pérez (1987) is a Mexican artist focused on humor, irony, and traditional techniques. He started painting as a teenager and studied his Bachelor degree in the Art School La Esmeralda, the best Mexican art institution, that was founded in 1927 by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and other Mexican artists. His formative influence is the Caravaggio’s Baroque where the realistic observation of the daily life is combined with the dramatic use of light, known as chiaroscuro.
He has been awarded in several occasions, in 2007 he won the INJUVE National Art and Health Award in Mexico for its painting. In 2014, he won a commission for the National Museum of Science Universum, where he has a permanent exhibition of ten mathematicians portraits. Pérez has been living and producing in Phoenix for three years, The Arizona Republic has recognized him in his monthly program, Who’s Next, that showcases emerging leaders in several areas under age 40. Also, in 2017 he won the first place in the exhibition Conceptions Arts in Los Angeles, and the first place in the juried exhibition The Sunniest Place in Earth by The Yuma Art Center. Now, Diego Pérez is working in a commission for Valley Metro, designing art for the South Extension of the Light Rail in the Broadway/Central station.
"Humor is fundamental for my work. The nonsense, criticism, and laughter are part of my creative process. I consider essential to modified the legitimation of art and its regular approach of admiration and respect of the art piece by questioning the environment and by using the irony and sarcasm. In "Little Global Village", I show the multiple representations that we have in the web, a critic among nowadays wisdom and human communication. The piece is a mirror of what we pretend to be before others when using social media. It should be noted, that I grew up among an acid humor environment, that nowadays persists in my conception of the world; through painting, I have discovered a way to use this character as a tool to questioned what surrounds me in a relaxing and different approach of the oil painting tradition."