Juan Luis Perez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1970 and raised in Miami from an early age. Drawing and sketching from the age of 5 he won multiple awards in school fairs along his beginnings. He picked up oil painting in the early 1990s after art courses in Miami Dade community college.
Perez participated in many successful exhibitions worldwide and have now collectors in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Spain, Germany...
With a natural born passion for the visual arts, and a deep cultural awareness, his style has evolved from his extensive travels all over the world. Juan Luis Perez acknowledge a profound influence from the Vanguard school of artist from San Alejandro School of Arts in Cuba, and many accomplished masters from Europe. A self taught artist and a student of many, his vibrant approach has emerged from a desire to explore the vast landscapes of the soul. A composition of harmony with elegance and a rich texture that captures the eye of his admirers to explore and depict vast and interesting features that define his latest work as abstract expressionism a literal composition of a story expressed in artistic poetry.
Juan Luis Perez is also a high ranked practitioner of the Goju-ryu tradition of Okinawa Karate. He often travels to Japan to further pursue his studies of martial arts.
I consider myself totally away from fads or trends. When I create a piece of art, I am guided only by my truest inspiration from a total freedom of choice. Being completely self-taught, I do not believe in the academy and its dogmas, and even less in the market claims. So, I change my artistic style as if I were changing my clothes. For me, art is a passion, a fun, a great adventure.
I use dissimilar materials such as acrylic, oil, charcoal, graphite, resins, gesso, alcohol, newspapers sheets, etc. I love monochromatic tones and rough or dynamic strokes, as well as I enjoy turning the spatula in the biggest protagonist of my work.
My thematic interest revolves around human beings and their most pressing conflicts. My works are profound social portraits of a generation. Similarly, I'm interested in cultural dialogues between East and West, or between societieswhich, despite their differences, belong to the same condition: human.