Gustavo Pérez

México D.F. 1950
"Ceramists must continue paying attention to their material, to their formation techniques, to the correct drying of the pieces, to the application of slips and glaze and to fire, which always has the last word"

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Gustavo Pérez (Mexico City, 1950) elaborates his pieces, as well as sculptures, above all enjoying the infinite possibilities offered by the potter's wheel. His studies in engineering, mathematics and philosophy, as well as an immense and permanent passion for literature and music, are essential in his work. Unlike most artists who work with clay, he does not perform sculptural modeling but rather a work that is closely related to pottery. Although he has created some series of pieces made using other techniques, the wheel continues to be the axis around which he revolves everything he produces, from pottery to sculpture. His work is based on a simple and complex, ancient and modern, mechanical and lyrical system, grounded in mathematics and improvisation. Intuition, a sense of proportion, geometry and rhythm characterize Gustavo Pérez's ceramics. He returned to Mexico in 1992 and opened his own workshop, until 1997, when he moved to Japan to work as artist-in-residence at the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies. He lived in Paris for three years as a guest artist at the Sèvres Manufacture, until 2010. Throughout his 40-year career as a ceramicist, he has exhibited in Mexico, the United States, Europe, Japan, and Korea. His work is present at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Cultural Center for Contemporary Art in Mexico City, the Westerwald Ceramics Museum in Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, the Oaxaca Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan, among others.