DIANA M. PEREZ
Born 995 meters above the level of the sea and raised next to two million inhabitants in an area of 542 square kilometers, she's been breathing with us since February the 9th of 1980.
The colors and the shapes of the objects took most of her time when she was a child, also going around the streets of Cali. The obsession of transforming her surroundings drives her to meet her origins, a family life linked to art in Santa Rosa de Cabal, a municipality in Risaralda.
Her willingness to get to know other logics, drove her to believe in numbers and she began studying industrial engineering in 1998. But her search would also take her right back to her first encounter with art, this would enrich her after crossing the Atlantic that same year.
She arrives to Italy and learns italian at the "Universitá di Stranieri di Siena".
Amazed by the art that's breathed, when she turns 24 years of age she enrolls in the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and studies plastic arts with an emphasis in painting in the department of investigation of contemporary art.
In the year 2005 she participates in the creation of the S.O.S the group (Sociedad de ocupación del espacio) or Society of the occupation of space, a collective of urban temporary space intervention in exteriors and interiors.
During the summer of 2006 she moves to London and studies a course in Fine Arts at Saint Martin's School; she then returns to di Brera to continue her studies and participates in several expositions.
In 2008 she becomes the assistant of Pier Luigi Buglioni, an artist and Artistic Anatomy professor in di Brera with over 40 years of experience in the world of art.
She finishes: graduates in art; then she looks for additional incentive by doing an specialization in Artistic Therapeutics , a synesthetic search within music, focusing in the vibrations produced by music and speech, and also the color perceived by vision. Willing to experiment with the different cultural contrasts she visits Japan in the spring of 2009. She feeds off the perceptions produced at the places, the shapes, the color and the sounds of Japanese.
Currently she is going more in depth in the study of Science of Linguistic Mediation at the Universitá Societ'a di Milano.
Diana María Pérez works with facilities, sculptures, paintings and drawings challenging the limits of art, using fragments of the present, showing us with her work the reflections and thoughts that have disappeared from the everyday life in these times, with the capability of invention, poetry and irony. She explores the uncertainty of present times and extracts the heart from human expressions: love, life, death, nakedness, loyalty and treason. She does this through expressive channels that are unexpected and non conventional.
My work is faithful to my world view. Aesthetic dictates are of no great importance to me and consequently I place no great import on creating “a beautiful painting”.
My primary desire is to express my perception of the world – a complex thing – bright and full of resonating colours and sounds.
The drawings stem from hyper-reality and are a record of how that hyper-reality impinges on my consciousness.
Diana’s work tries to remove itself from all cognitive activity and attempts to distance itself from the hassles of daily life. The omnipotence of colour in her work leads the viewer to enter into a profound state of relaxation.
For this artist, colour is everything, no need to think, no need to worry – feel the colour!