The sea. Treasures of flora and fauna, its silent beings, its vessels run aground or sailing aloft in the wind. Tides. Time. Willy Pérez has deciphered the enigma of the sea with singular assurance. A diversity of color explodes from Pérez’s universe of water onto the land – sugar cane fields, horse-drawn carriages, bikers on a sunny day. A realistic expressionism compels slashes and blocks of vibrant hues native to his island home to permeate the poetic geometry of his paintings.
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and son of renowned master painter Guillo Pérez, Willy studied art at Universidad Autonoma of Santo Domingo, Candido Bido Art Center, the Art Student League in New York and is a member of the Dominican School of Artists (CODAP).
With 30-plus years in art and educational work, 27 solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibits of his work, and many awards in national art competitions, Pérez is currently director of the Art School Guillo Pérez, founded in 1984. He also works as a clinical psychologist.
His works can be found in private collections, galleries and public institutions.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2017- Figurative Abstraction. Raw Space. Vero Beach. FL. U.S.
2014- Landscapes of Light. The Collection Gallery. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
2013- Figurative Abstraction. Dominican-American Cultural Institute. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
2011- Caribbean Colors. Paterson Museum. NJ. U.S.
2010- Colors of Dreams and Hopes. Dominican-American Cultural Institute. Sto. Dgo.
2010- Recent Works. Guillo Perez Gallery (Galleries Circuit). Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
2009- Willy Perez, 30 years in art. Dominican-American Cultural Institute. Sto. Dgo.
2009- Itinerant. "Willy Perez, 30 years in art", Guillo Perez Art Gallery. Sto. Dgo.
2008 "Water, Life and Earth" Dominican-American Cultural Institute, Sto. Dgo.
2008- Antillean Universe. Columbus Centre. Toronto. Canada.
2007- From the Earth and Water. Hamaca Hotel. Boca Chica. Dominican Republic
2006- Landscapes. Guillo Perez Art Gallery. Weston. FL. U.S.
2006- Tribute to Life. Del arte. Santiago. Dominican Republic
2005- Colors of the Caribbean. DLC Gallery. Metro Office Park. Guaynabo. Puerto Rico.
2005- Recent Works. The Rose. Ponce. Puerto Rico.
2004- Recent Work. Luzma Art Gallery. Miami. U.S.
2003- Sea Universe. Hunting and Fishing Tournament. Cabeza de Toro. Higuey. Dominican R.
2002- Guillo Perez Art Gallery. Hudson Hall. Hotel Holiday. New Jersey, U.S.
2002- Guillo Pérez Art Gallery. Doral. Miami. U.S.
2002- Water Universe. Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
2002- Imagination. Cuesta Bookstore. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
2001- Guillo Perez Art Gallery. New Jersey. U.S.
1998- Marine Biodiversity. Dominican National Aquarium. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
1994- The Color of the Tropics. Fundora Art Gallery. Key Largo. U.S.
1994- Miniatures. Santo Domingo and its Art Gallery. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
1993-The Color of the Caribbean. Fundora Art Gallery. Miami. U.S.
1991- Tropical Landscape. Museum John Perse. Guadeloupe.
1987- Landscapes. Guillo Perez Art Gallery. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic
1985- Chances Art Gallery Gift Shop. Puerto Plata.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013- Collective Dominican Artists. Gallery Guillo Perez. Circuit Galleries. Sto. Dgo. Dominican R.
2013- Latin-American Artist. Miramar. Florida. U.S.
2013- Today in Art. Association of Artists. Art Galleries Circuit. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2012- 1st Incontro. Associazione Artistico-Culturale. Accademia d’ Arte Cilento de Oltre. Italy.
2011- Three Generations. Union Restaurant. Haverstraw, NY 3 Generations Union Restaurant.
Haverstraw. NY. U.S. (with Guillo Perez, Willy, Miguelina, Guillermo III Perez)
2010- Two generations. Linares Plaza. Cabarete. Puerto Plata. Dominican Republic.
2010- Contemporary Latin American Art XIII. Broward Collage. Pembroke Pines. FL. U.S.
2009- Dominican Artists Group Exhibit. Guillo Perez Art Gallery. Art Galleries Circuit. Sto. Dgo.
2009- Today in Art. Association of Artists. Art Galleries Circuit. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2008- Small Formats. D' Bodden Art Gallery. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2007- Rebirth. Rebirth Foundation. Lopez de Haro Bank. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2007- Guillo and Willy Pérez. CEDIMAT. National Theatre. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2006- Franz Ureña and Willy Perez. CEDIMAT. Health Plaza. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2006- Small Formats. D' Bodden Art Gallery. Sto. Dgo. Dominican Republic.
2006- Ibero-American Artistic Development. The Wirtz Gallery. First National Bank. Miami. U.S.
2006- Forms and Shapes. One Brickell Square. Miami. FL. U.S.
2005- Hispanic Expression. Hyatt Hotel. Miami. U.S.
2005- Hispanic Expression. Mila Gallery. Coral Gables. Florida.
2004- Tropical Universe. Hyatt Hotel. Miami. U.S.
Museum John Perse, Pointe Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Museum of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS
2008- Art New York. Jacob Javits Center. New York. U.S.
2008- Hispanic Heritage. Miami Convention Center. Miami. U.S.
2007- Art New York. Jacob Javits Center, New York, U.S.
2006- Art New York. Jacob Javits Center. New York. U.S.
2005- Art New York. Jacob Javits Center. New York. U.S.
2000- Arts in Santo Domingo. Museum of the Dominican Man