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Galería Atotonilco Presents Ceramics by Gustavo Pérez

By Susan Page

Gustavo Pérez stands alone as the only Mexican ceramic artist who is internationally celebrated and admired. His work is exhibited in fine galleries in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles and continues to be represented here in San Miguel de Allende by Galería Atotonilco. The current exhibition at the gallery presents more than 60 vessels and sculptures by Pérez, the largest collection of his work that has ever been exhibited for sale. It represents work that Pérez created over a period of 20 years, from the mid-1990s to the present. We have an extraordinary opportunity, right here in San Miguel, to view a rich and varied selection of his highly sought-after work.

Opening of Gustavo Pérez Exhibition
Sat, Jan 30, and Sun, Jan 31, 12–5pm
Galería Atotonilco
Directions to the gallery in our ad in this issue
185 2225

One of the distinctive qualities of Pérez’s work is that his genius at integrating fluid forms with innovative surface designs so that the two work together to create breathtaking beauty. His pieces combine elegance and precision with a relaxed freedom from convention, a combination difficult to achieve.

He never draws his ideas out on sketchpads ahead of time but rather draws his inspiration from the clay itself as he is working. “I have to be immersed in my work for inspiration to come,” he says. “It never comes while I am thinking about working. The process of creating is what leads me to new places. My work comes from inside me and from my hands.”

Pérez grew up in Mexico City. He has lived in Japan, Holland, and the south of France and has maintained his studio near Xalapa in the state of Veracruz for more than 30 years. His home and studio are situated in a jungle-like rain forest of lush beauty.

Pérez’s credentials go on for pages. Recently, he was an artist-in-residence at the Sèvres Porcelain Factory in France over a three-year period and he is on the Council of the International Academy of Ceramic Arts. He has presented workshops and lectures, as well as exhibiting his work, all over the world.

About the Gallery

Galería Atotonilco is Trip Advisor’s number one shopping destination in all of San Miguel. It is located five miles north of town in a much published, architecturally interesting building on eight acres. In 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery shows a wide variety of high quality folk art from many parts of Mexico. The Gustavo Pérez show takes up only one portion of the large gallery.

Everyone is invited to the gallery open house on Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31, from noon to 5pm both days. Refreshments will be served. For directions to the gallery, see the gallery’s ad in this issue or go to Except for this open house, the gallery is open by appointment. 185 2225 or


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