Liliana Perez Liliana Perez

    Attributes

    • Female
    • Abstract expressionist
    • Collage
    • Designer
    • Drawer
    • Installation
    • Mixed media
    • Painter
    • Sculptor

    About the artist

    Born in Cuba

    While in Cuba, at age six I made a drawing of a car, from our family’s second floor apartments in Central Havana. I showed the drawing to my father and uncle. My father expresses joy while his brother proceeded to show me how a car ought to be drawn. My uncle makes a drawing with general shapes. It was then and there that I realized that his symbolic interpretation of a car, using simple forms was not what a card looks like, but one invented, without looking. Besides’ that is not how I see it. I told myself to never make a drawing from general information. I returned to the balcony, sat down armed with the most earnest intention to draw what I saw.

    As I work form observation, that moment stays with me. I draw what I see. I paint what I see from looking, then color enters the picture and imagination leads the painting. As the years go by I realize that working from observation is intertwined with imagination. An image haunts me, a word someone says, a dream, I take note. I hunt “it”, what and where I see.

    What I see in a flash, at first glance, to hold that moment. Create from what I wasn’t suppose to look at. It’s the car crash, the person dropping a bag, people running. It surrounds the horror of being alive and the audacity to pursue what I feel.