Javier Pérez

Javier Pérez was born in Bilbao in 1968.  He lives and works in Barcelona. His work is permeated by a strong symbolism and accompanied by an intense use of metaphor.The artist’s favorite subjects for addressing the impermanence and cyclic nature of life are the body and time. Works such as Mutaciones (2004), a mixed media installation exhibited at the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid, or Tempus fugit (2002) emphasize the inexorable passage of time and the inevitable traces that it leaves on the body from a biological but, above all, from an existential point of view. To create his art, Pérez uses strong, often antithetical means of communication like horse hair and polyester, silkworm cocoons and ceramics, or cattle intestines and blown glass.

In 2001 he was invited to represent Spain at the Venice Biennale.  In 2008 the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao exhibited Pérez’s 1997 work, Màscara de seducciòn and bought it for its own collection.  He has had other exhibitions at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg (1997), the Museo Nacional Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid (2004), and the Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo in Vitoria (2006). Some of the artist’s works are in the collections of Marseille’s CIRVA, the Fondation Guerlain, and Strasbourg’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art as well as the Basque Parliament.

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