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Galería Atotonilco Presents Internationally Acclaimed Ceramic Artist Gustavo Pérez

By Susan Page

If Mexico designated national living treasures as Japan does, Gustavo Pérez would surely be at the top of the list.

Internationally celebrated, Peréz’s work is exhibited in fine galleries everywhere from Tokyo, Paris, London to New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico City. His work has been in both the Museo Franz Mayer and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His most recent triumph is a city-like installation of more than 5,000 ceramic works exhibited last year at the Anthropological Museum in Xalapa, Veracruz.

The exhibition opening at Galeria Atotonilco on January 6 and 7 presents over fifty vessels and sculptures by Pérez, one of the largest collections of his work that has ever been exhibited for sale, and includes a large body of his recent works. Pérez himself will be present at the opening.

The show will remain up through April. Except for this opening, the gallery is open by appointment only.

Many ceramic artists emphasize either form or surface design in their creations. One of the distinctive qualities of Pérez’s work is that he is a genius at integrating his fluid forms with innovative surface designs. The two aspects work together to create breathtaking beauty. His pieces combine elegance and precision with a relaxed freedom from convention, a combination difficult to achieve.

Art critics have, without qualification, praised Pérez’s work. Mexican writer and recipient of the Cervantes Prize Sergio Pitol says that Pérez’s work is “charged with passion, discipline, and jubilation . . . It appears as something perfectly natural, created effortlessly, like Brancusi’s sculptures.”

Art critic Malcolm Lubliner says, “Gustavo Pérez has transformed ceramics into a fine art. Throughout his long career, he has continued to explore and to push the boundaries of his medium. His work is a magnet; it draws people in.”

Gustavo Pérez grew up in Mexico City. Before he discovered his passion for clay, he studied engineering, mathematics, and philosophy, never feeling fully satisfied or engaged. His chance encounter with clay in 1971 felt to him like his soul’s homecoming, and he has been single-mindedly devoted to creating art ever since. He has lived for several years in Holland and in France and has collaborated with ceramic masters in many parts of the world, including Japan. He has maintained his studio near Xalapa in the state of Veracruz for more than thirty years. He speaks five languages.

Everyone is invited to this opening, which will include refreshments, Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, from noon to 5pm both days. Directions to the gallery, located five miles north of town in a lush country setting, are in our ad in this issue. In its 6,000 square foot showroom, the gallery also exhibits folk art from all over Mexico, country antiques, textiles, historic photographs, and decorative blown glass.


Art Exhibition

Galeria Atotonilco presents

Work by Gustavo Pérez

Gala Opening

Sat and Sun, Jan 6 and 7, Noon–5pm

Directions to the gallery in our ad in this issue.

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