Diamante by Fabian Perez

Diamente

Price:  $1,600

Medium: Giclée Print
Edition: Artist Proof 7/25
Size: 39h x 49w (Framed)

About the Artist

Fabian Perez was born on November 2, 1967 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was brought up in the small but dynamic Argentinean city of Campana, 50 miles outside the capital. From the age of nine he felt at home holding a paintbrush, producing surprisingly mature portraits of family and friends.

His extraordinary parents played a huge part in his creative development; his mother was artistic and imaginative, while his father was a fascinating figure – well known locally both to the people and the police as a somewhat clandestine character with a hand in various business dealings that operated after dark in the nightclubs and on the streets of the Buenos Aires. His father’s activities meant that the young Fabian was exposed to an interesting cast of characters, from handsome men who lived their lives on the edge, to women who, as he himself puts it, “could seduce a man simply by lighting a cigarette”. Add to this a world of sultry and glamorous tango dancers, flamenco guitarists and gypsy musicians, and Fabian’s stunning paintings fall into context as atmospheric representations of forbidden sensuality and unnamed desires.

At the age of 16 he lost his mother, and at 19 his father followed. His search for an anchor in his life led him to the pursuit of self knowledge through martial arts, and through this search he met the second great influential figure of his life who was to become his Karate master. His exceptional skill at Karate introduced discipline into a life which had been ruled by passion and instinct, and encouraged Fabian to take charge of his own future.

At 22, Fabian decided to leave Argentina and settled in Italy for seven years. It is here where his career in painting and writing took an ascendant journey. It is also in Italy where he was inspired to write his book “Reflections of a Dream”, which was published later in the United States. He then went to Japan where he lived for one year, and finally arrived in Los Angeles in spring 2001. It was here that his work was noticed by the official artistic establishment, and before long he was holding sold-out exhibitions and publishing his work to great critical acclaim.

Fabian’s style is unique. Although he admires various schools of art including the Impressionists, he is reluctant to have his work categorized; he feels this limits the artist as well as the work. It is perhaps best to refer to his own description – ‘Emotionalism’ – which best sums up his uniquely expressive style. Having experimented extensively with watercolor, tempura and acrylics, he settled some years ago on acrylic as his preferred medium, as he believes they allow him to achieve the atmosphere of compressed energy and passion within his work, and allows his beautifully described figures to live and breathe on the canvas. Fabian’s bold and symbolic imagery feels intensely passionate. He paints with his emotions and each painting reflects his drive and energy. The paintings become a roadmap, a guide with many directions, where the viewers decide which path they wish to experience.