Happy Valentine’s Day! I haven’t been painting or exhibiting much the past years because I’ve been focused on music. I’m searching through my records to share previous art exhibitions I’ve had the past years. I’m grateful to have exhibited with the Downtown Artwalk and twice at the Venice Art Crawl, along with a solo exhibition at the Chango Cafe in Echo Park. I’ll share more images very soon & have a wonderful day!
I started created something inspired by my frustration on terrorism. After the 2016 Brussels attack, I felt a deep sorrow and started filming myself paint my next painting titled “A Conversation.” This film I used for the Veterans Make Movies program at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Arts). To view the film, here’s the direct LACMA link: http://www.lacma.org/video/conversation-dir-carmen-perez.
This is the painting I’ve sold the most reproductions of and the one I’ve gotten the most offers to buy the original for. I can’t seem to be away from her too long and she hangs on the wall by my side in my creative space at home. Her name is “Oona” and I called her that because the name sounds like ‘ONE’ in Spanish. To me she represents ONE with everything as she finally learns self-love.
I tend to be hard on myself so I have to remind myself to be gentle; to be kind and love myself even with all of my flaws. So I share her with you. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
As far as I can remember, my favorite artist has always been Pablo Picasso. When I started painting in 2009, the first artist biography I read was Picasso’s and discovered he and I have the same birthday, October 25th! I felt it was another ‘sign’ to continue painting besides that I was obsessed with it and couldn’t stop. In about 3 months I had created about 30 paintings.
When my mom was having surgery, I went home to Puerto Rico and spent a month with her. She left one day to run errands and said I could paint over this old canvas if I wanted to. So I did. She was gone for 5 hours and this is what I made ~
Most of my artwork has been happy and vibrant, but I was told this reminded someone of Picasso’s blue era. I don’t claim to paint like my idol, but I definitely see the Picasso influence. This painting is in mom’s home and she LOVES it. 🙂
I can’t wait to attend the Picasso/Rivera exhibit at the LACMA!
Carmen Perez is a U.S. Army Veteran who served six years active duty, joining at the age of 17 years old from Puerto Rico. After being stationed overseas and in Washington, D.C., becoming a Sergeant by the age of 21, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Politics.
As a visual artist and with no formal art training, Carmen has been acclaimed for using bold edges and vibrant colors and is continuously inspired by her experiences, her dreams and world travels. She has exhibited her artwork in the Los Angeles area and sold artwork on both the United States & internationally, including art commissions.