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Galeria Atotonilco Opening Features Internationally Acclaimed Ceramic Artist


Perez working NEW

By Susan Page

The word “genius” should not be used lightly. True genius is rare, and it is no exaggeration to apply it to the internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Gustavo Pérez. Perez’s ability to combine an unending variety of undulating or geometric forms with his most unusual surface designs allows him to create breathtaking beauty, quite distinctive from other ceramic art. Any one piece of Pérez’s work is instantly recognizable as his. Yet the huge variety of ideas within his trademark style is truly astonishing. His pieces combine elegance and precision with a relaxed freedom from convention, a difficult combination to achieve.

If México designated National Living Treasures as Japan does, Gustavo Pérez would surely be at the top of the list. He 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, Los Angeles, México City (including the Franz Mayer, the Museum of Modern Art, and Bellas Artes), and, now, San Miguel de Allende.

We have an extraordinary opportunity, right here in San Miguel, to view a rich and varied selection of Pérez’s highly sought-after ceramic works and to meet the artist. Gallery owner Mayer Shacter just returned from Perez’s studio in Xalapa, Veracruz, where he selected the greatest variety of Perez’s works the gallery has ever exhibited. The exhibition this year includes labyrinth-like sculptures, wall pieces, colorfully glazed works, and vessels. In his most recent firings, Pérez has returned to styles he had abandoned for a few years, but in fresh new versions.

In an interview, Pérez was asked, “Do you think artistic talent can be taught?” His answer was surprising. “I don’t think I have talent. I just have to make pots. What you need is passion or undying curiosity. If you can’t sit still until you are creating, if you are driven to keep exploring, ability will follow. Desire, yearning, and willingness to work are far more important than talent.”

Although he travels widely and has spent considerable time in Japan, Holland, Hungary, Spain, and the south of France, Pérez has maintained his studio near Xalapa in the state of Veracruz in México, situated in a jungle-like rain forest of lush beauty, for more than thirty years.

All are invited to the gala opening of this exhibition, Saturday and Sunday, January 5 and 6, 12–5pm each day. Pérez will be present at the opening. The exhibition will be up through April. Except for this opening and an almost monthly open house, the gallery is open by appointment: 185 2225 or 415 153 5365.


Art Opening

Galeria Atotonilco presents the sixth annual exhibition of works by Gustavo Pérez

Sat–Sun, Jan 5–6, Noon–5pm

Directions to the gallery on our website:

185 2225



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