Contemporary artists like Fabian Perez come along very rarely. At face value, one might draw a similarity between Perez’ work and that of world famous artist Jack Vettriano. The male and female subjects have a smouldering sensuality, and they appear to exist a romanticised 30s and 40s style era. Upon closer inspection, the differences couldn’t be more obvious.
There is a subtlety to the work of Fabian Perez that implies passion without aggression. There is eroticism, not of seedy trysts but of stolen moments. The figurative painting tell stories of flirting, perhaps with the intent of something more, but certainly with a glint in the eye. The women are beautiful, with elegant lines in immaculate, timeless fashions. The men are handsome, shown cutting a dash in crisp white tuxedos or classic cut suits. They take turns as hunter and prey, and the game is played across the bar, or on the corner of rustic streets.
Fabian Perez also shows the world of dance, taking Latin American styles and replicating them in paint. The background colours are of a deep, dark scarlet; the perfect backdrop for the most sensuous of dances. The artist captures the movement and intent, and it’s almost as thought the dancers are about to twirl before you. Perez explores the strength, grace and poise of his subjects. Again, the men and women are equals in the forum of the dance, representing two halves of the whole.
The life of Fabian Perez
Fabian Perez was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. As a young man, he was always fascinated by human physicality and what could be achieved. He took up both fine arts and martial arts. This created an artist of extraordinary discipline and sensitivity. In his early 20s he moved to Italy for a while, then Japan. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to explore his art.
Works such as ‘For A Better Life’ and ‘Tango’ show a vibrancy and liveliness that the artist is known for. Yet even with this ability to be attuned to the celebrations and enjoyment found in everyday life, there is also a introspective side to Fabian Perez’ work. In ‘Study For Untitled II’ we see a representation of the artist later in life. An old man, he sits silently at a bar as the whole world has turned away. It is here that we see the artists sense of realism, and the understanding that while he is popular now, the world can change and leave event he most popular, famous and successful behind.
Aside from this insight into the artist’s dark corners, Fabian Perez produced work of outstanding beauty and energy. It is a celebration of life itself.
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