Aimee Perez

About the Artist

I work with human forms – with the gestures and emotions, lives and relationships – that serve as archetypes by transcending the context of their story. Through the exploration of contemporary, religious and biblical themes, I create sculptures that explore spiritual truth and the paradoxical truths of suffering and redemption, grief and comfort. The mediums I use include various types of clays fired at high or low temperatures and surfaced with oxides washes, slips, terra sigillata, engobes and glazes. I have also been known to to add encaustic, wax, metals, glass, and found objects to add layers to a piece. My work has been exhibited in national and international shows as well as museums and is part of several collections in the United States and Mexico.

The Ceramic League of Miami
– National Sculpture Society
– NCECA

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 – Fictitious Passengers on an Imaginary Journey, Peña Gallery, Miami Hispanic Cultural Art Center, Miami, Florida
  • 2020 – Intus, Morean Center for Clay, St Petersburg, Florida
  • 2018 – Broken Roots, Kendall Art Center/The Rodríguez Collection, Miami
  • 2016 – Mapping The Heart. CGAF Gallery, Coconut Grove, Florida
 

Exhibitions

  • 2022 – Linking Strands, Pompano Beach Art Center, Pompano Beach, Florida
  • 2021 – Liberty, Old Cigar Factory/ Jag Gallery, Key West, Florida
  • 2021 – Diaspora, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, Florida
  • 2021 – Women Everything, MIFA Gallery, Miami, Florida
  • 2020 – Women in the Rodríguez Collection, Kendall Art Center, Miami, Florida
  • 2020 – Fine Art on Plates, KAC Art Center, Miami, Florida
  • 2020 – Art Looking North, The Sidney &Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers Florida
  • 2020 – Rumors and Reality Juried Show, The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center Fr Myers, Florida
  • 2019 – The Repeating Island/Contemporary Art of the Caribbean, Kendall Art Center/The Rodriguez Collection, Roxana Martinez Bermejo, curator.  Miami Florida
  • 2019 – Encounter/Nine Contemporary Cuban Artists, Saladrigas Gallery, Ignatian Center for the Arts. Miami, Fl
  • 2019 – Stories Printed, North Miami Beach Library, Miami Beach, Florida
  • 2019 – The 32nd International September Competition , The Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • 2019 – Open Discourse, Faravola Museum, St. Thomas University, Miami , Florida
  • 2019 – 47th International Art Exhibition, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, Texas
  • 2019 – Art of Clay, Wichita National exhibition, Mark Arts Center, Wichita, Kansas
  • 2019 – Them, an anthology of migration, The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Cesar Aguilera curator, Ft Myers, Fl
  • 2019 – Art Palm Beach, Art Synergy, Eric Weiss curator, West Palm Beach, Fl
  • 2019 – Them, an anthology of migration, The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, Fl
  • 2018 – The Moon in the Mirror, Ninoska Huerta Gallery, Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos curators, Coral Gables, Fl
  • 2018 – Small Format, Little White Box Gallery, Yovani Bauta, curator, Miami, Fl
  • 2018 – Threads, Braids and Fibers, Little White Box Alternative Space, Yovani Bauta, curator. Miami, Florida
  • 2018 – BRADICA, Carlos Saladrigas Gallery, Belen Preparatory School, Miami, Fl
  • 2018 – Esta es una gran Historia, Universidad de Anahuac, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2018 – Capu, Galeria Efe Serrano, Murcia, Spain.
  • 2018 – No Constraints to Beauty, Pompano Beach Cultural Art Center, Pompano Beach, Florida
  • 2018 – 46th Internacional Juried Exhibition, Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, Brownsville, Texas.
  • 2018 – Three Women, Three Elements, The Wirtz Gallery, Miami, Florida.
  • 2017 – High Frequency, Milander Center, Hialeah, Florida
  • 2017 – Close Up II: Nine Contemporary Cuban Artists, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selsgrove, Penn.
  • 2017 – Looking At The  Collection, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2017 – Narrative, Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Pompano Beach, Florida.
  • 2017 – Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2017 – Young Art Collectors Council, Viridian Gallery, New York City, New York
  • 2017 – Syngularities, FIU College of Engineering, Honors College, Miami, Florida
  • 2017 – Naturae, Galería Efe Serrano, Cieza, Murcia, Spain
  • 2017 – Pentavisions – Five Contemporary Cuban Artists, Arango Gallery, Coral Gables, Fl
  • 2016 – Time Travel, Aqua Art Miami Fair, Miami Beach, Fl
  • 2016 – Nestgen – Ecological Biennale Project, FIU Engineering College, Miami, Fl
  • 2016 – Latinos 500, Barry University and Miami Shores Fine Arts Commission, Miami, Fl
  • 2016 – Bombay Sapphire – Artisan Series, Wywood Lab Gallery, Miami, Fl
  • 2016 – 26th Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show, Stuart, Fl
  • 2016 – CloseUp, Eight Contemorary Cuban Artists, Webber Gallery, Ocala Florida
  • 2016 – Judge in the Coconut Grove Art Festival
  • 2016 – Miguel Rodez Art Project, Hello Dali, Miami Florida
  • 2015 – Red Dot Art Fair, Latin American Art Pavilion, Miami, Florida
  • 2015 – Humberto Benitez Gallery Opening. Series Our Barrio. Miami, Florida
  • 2015 – CAFE XVII ‘Culture and Community Development’ University of West Indies, Barbados
  • 2014 – Trinity Cathedral ‘Winter Solstice Exhibition’, North Miami, Florida
  • 2014 – Red Dot Art Fair with MAM Gallery, ART Basel week. Miami, Fl
  • 2014 – ‘With the Minimum’ APS Gallery, Miami, Fl
  • 2014 – CLM Member’s Exhibition – CAS Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2013 – Juror’s Choice Winners’ Artsight Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2013 – ClayArts Broward At Government Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2013 – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ The Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida
  • 2013 – ClayArts Broward 2013, Juried show at Broward National Library Gallery 6, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2013 – Summer Splash Juried Show – ArtSight Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2013 – FINE ART CONTEMPO 2013 / 2a Exposición Colectiva Mutidisciplinaria By Fine Art Gallery at San Angel Centro Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2013 – CAS Gallery at the University of Miami, Members Exhibition
  • 2013 – Clay Adorns Tropical Audubon Society of Miami, Florida
  • 2013 – Riviera Country Club 29th Annual Art Show
  • 2013 – Coral Gables Garden Club Annual Art Show
  • 2012 – Art among the Flowers Coral Gables Museum, Florida
  • 2012 – Riviera Country Club 28th Annual Art Show
  • 2012 – Clayworks with The Ceramic League of Miami at The Dante-Fascell Gallery, Biscayne Bay National Park
  • 2004 – Presencia de la Pandilla, Salon de Plastica Mexicana, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2003 – Amigos de Raul Anguiano, Taller de Pancho Cardenas, Ixtapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2002 – Endicott College Annual Art Exhibition, Endicott College, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1998 – Lineas de Encuentro, Vega Gallery, New York City , NY
  • 1985 – The Coca Cola Christmas Exhibition, The Coca Cola Employee Gallery, Houston, Texas

Aimee Perez was born in Habana Cuba in 1955. She left for the United States when she was twelve with her family through the Freedom Flights and grew up in Miami in Cuban immigrant community. As a young adult she won the Gold Key Award in painting and several honorable mentions as she continued her pursuit of the arts during her college years. In 1989 she moved to Mexico City and continued painting and exhibiting with Cuban and Mexican artist. In 1997 she was invited to participate as a guest artist in the studio of Mexican sculptor Jose Sacal and it is here she begins to work for the first time in 3D with clay. She returned to Miami in 2006 and continued her work winning several awards for her figurative ceramics in the state of Florida. Perez has been praised for her command of gestures making her sculptures expressionistic and powerful which combined with the juxtaposition to found objects creates an organic symbiosis. She says her work is her voice, a dialogue with the observer and simultaneously a self-exploration. Her work can be found in many private collection in the United States and Mexico and in permanent collections including Florida International University Honors College Collection and Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.

Education:

  • Miami Dade College
  • Endicott College – Bachelor of Science – Magna Cum Laude.

Aimee Perez (escultora y ceramista) aparecio abruptamente hace no mas de dos años en el area de Bird Road Art District abriendo su primer studio en esta localidad, recien llegada al area me invito a participar en una pequeña muestra en dicho studio, de esta forma pude conocer de cerca su trabajo y les confieso que me sorprendio la fuerza que le trasmitia a sus piezas y la yuxtaposicion en las mismas con elementos desechados, los cuales ella los integra a sus esculturas produciendo una organicidad, la cual nos hace pensar en un todo organico el cual produce una simbiosis, donde el elemento sustraido de la realidad desechada se integra a la creacion de Aimee para producir una poderosa pieza de arte. Por todo lo anterior deseo compartir con mis amigos esta pieza de mi vecina y colega Aimee Perez.

Victor Gomez, Artista Miami Press 

Art is emotion materialized, and a great artist is able to take her emotions and capture them in the pieces she creates in such a way that the pieces project the emotion to the viewer. Such are Aimee Perez’ sculptures. Her pieces, whether whimsical or serious, never fail to evoke an emotion. I have been collecting art for years, and my favorite pieces are those that give me pleasure and challenge me every time I look at them. This is what drew me to Aimee’s sculptures. As the owner of two of her pieces, they are among my favorites for that very reason. Aside from Aimee’s raw ability to mold clay, the emotion with which she imbues her pieces affect me every time I look at them. Her pieces are so much more than beautiful art – if you acquire one, it will be the beginning of an emotional relationship.

Fernando
Relationship: I purchased this artists work
Project Date: May 2014

I have been an artist for over fifty years. Working in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media…metal and ceramic sculpture. Instructor of watercolor and acrylic paint for seven years and a judge at several art shows. The first time I saw Aimee Perez’s sculptures I was blown away. Her originality and mastery of glazes and other techniques demonstrate the work of a master sculptor. Her body of work brings out a defining moment with the viewer to explore every facet and color of each piece. I was so taken with her work that I arranged for my wife and I to see her work again. We purchased two pieces and enjoy looking at them daily in our home. I highly recommend this very talented and imaginative artist to anyone who appreciates fabulous sculptures.

James Brennan, Art Professor, University of Miami

Tweak Your Space
Relationship: Client
Project Date: December 2013
Project Price Range: $1,000 – $9,999

I have 2 sculptures by Aimee displayed in my home and I could not be happier with them! Her exquisite attention to detail results in lifelike sculptures that exude human emotion in a dream-like quality. If you are a collector of art who is looking for a magnificent conversation piece, an Aimee Perez original is a must for your collection. Her combination of professionalism, creativity and raw talent make this artist one who’s hard to beat.

Relationship: Private collector
Project Date: February 2012

I bought a beautiful sculpture entitled The Four Musicians and I absolutely love it. I told a designer who was at my house and admiring the piece that it was created by a local artist. She say ” Oh! I thought you had brought it back from your travels., it occupies a special spot In our dining room.

Betsy Tilghman

I am a fellow sculptor who has had the amazement of watching Aimee create her work.
Aimee Perez is a passionate sculptor who beautifully captures the idea and emotions of the subject she is working to create. Her boundless energy and organization allows her to follow through from her idea to completion with endless attention to detail. She does not take the easy way out, but rather always follows through to a creative and technically perfected piece of art. She has won awards by national judges for her work.

Linda Sands

Aimee Perez (Habana, 1955) has found herself artistically squeezing out the secrets of clay as well as reining in the consummating heat of the oven to create a series of compelling feminine heads that explore -with the unconfessed marksmanship of self-portraiture- the uneasy flow of the human soul. Her pieces include ceramic, other materials, even found objects. The plinth is incorporated into the work of art as well. But the heavy duty-die hard meaning springs from those textured and imaginatively colored faces that speak to us directly and obliquely at the same time with the warmth of whites, ochres, siennas, deep browns, the rough skin of the earth and the immediacy of sorrow or frailty. Her command of the craft, her personal style and her capacity to communicate and earn the viewer’s empathy, explain her growing success.

Alberto Carol Curator, Close Up II

Broken Roots is a reflection on the alienation and fetishism of modern art.  The pieces in This exhibition seem to echo Adorno’s and Horkheimer statement related to: Myth is already enlightenment, and enlightenment reverts to mythology.” 

Janet Batet, art critic and writer for the Miami Herald.