London mayor Sadiq Khan is pushing for more affordable studio space for artists in the city’s increasingly expensive real estate market, and establishing the “Creative Land Trust” to provide loans to artists looking to secure space. “Culture is in the DNA of the capital but we cannot be complacent,” Khan says. “As property prices rise and new areas of the city grow, artists are finding themselves unable to put down roots here. I am committed to improving access to dedicated, affordable workspace so that the next generation of creatives are given the extra support they require to flourish.”
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New York, NY
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
Hunter College MFA, New York
Pratt Institute BFA, Brooklyn
Perez, the son of an art critic, was heavily exposed to art throughout his childhood in San Juan. Arriving in New York in 1986, he emulated Warhol’s silkscreen painting technique, layering paint to capture an array of subjects from feminine portraits to modern architecture, typically basing his paintings on previously existing photographs.
Recent works demonstrate his range and versatility. His 2006 series titled “New York” captures many of the city’s tallest and most famous buildings in oil paint and is chilling in the wake of September 11th. Other works, like “Ron Superior,” a watercolor painting of a bottle of rum and accompanying glass, resemble Impressionist art.
His work is also part of the permanent collection of Puerto Rico’s Museum of Modern Art.