Enoc Perez (Puerto Rican, b.1967) is a contemporary artist best known for his paintings of architectural monuments that capture their utopian ideals. Perez was born in Puerto Rico as the son of an art critic; he spent most of his childhood vacations visiting art museums and learning art history. After moving to New York as a young man, he found himself inspired by the silkscreen works of Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). He earned a BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and went on to receive an MFA in Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York, NY.

Much of Perez's intent is to convey pleasure and beauty to the viewer with his works. He considers the buildings he selects to paint to be metaphors and often refers to the paintings as portraits. His painting process is unique in that the brush never really touches the canvas, similar to printmaking. Although architectural monuments are his favorite subjects, he also paints nudes, still lifes, and cityscapes. Perez has painted the Seagram building, United Nations building, and Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal. One of his most popular works is Lever House (2010). This work was originally an oil on canvas and has been reproduced as a seven screen silk screen. It was displayed in the lobby of the actual Lever House in New York City. One of his best known series is simply titled New York (2006), and featured stark rooms with paintings of many well-known New York buildings hung upon the walls, creating a painting within a painting. The contemporary work was well received on exhibition as an inspired convergence of art and architecture. A recent collection titled Nudes (2011) was exhibited to positive reviews in London.

Perez is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York and Faggionato Fine Arts in London. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe and New York. He has been reviewed in various publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, and Interview Magazine. Perez’s work is on permanent display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, FL.

Timeline

1967
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
1990
B.F.A., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1992
M.F.A., Hunter College, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2010
Meet Me Inside, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Portraits, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Bruxelles, Belgium
2009
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY (solo)
Works on Paper, Faggionato Fine Arts, London, UK
Transitions: Painting at the (Other) End of Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2008
Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Painting the Glass House, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (solo)
2007
Small Format, Faggionato Fine Arts, London, UK
Timer 01/Intimacy, Triennale Bovisa, Milan, Italy
Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Blood Meridian, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (solo)
Faraway, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France (solo)
Lever House, Lobby Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006
New York, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY (solo)
Works on paper, Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK (solo)
The United Nations, Mario Diacono at ARS LIBRI, Boston, MA (solo)
Perry Rubenstein, New York, NY
2005
Group Show, (with Alex Bag, Rowena Dring, Virhil Marti, Carl Ostendarp, Enoc Perez), Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY
10 Years!, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany
Ciao Manhattan, Perugi Artcontemporanea, Padua, Italy
Deluxe, Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK (cat.) (solo)
2004
Caribe Club, The Happy Lion (Leo Koenig, Inc. & Galerie Michael Janssen), Los Angeles, CA (cat.) (solo)
The Party, Sammlung Sander, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Works on paper, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
The Undiscovered Country, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Looking at Painting 2, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany
2003
Hands up, baby, hands up, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
Environs, Feigen Contemporary, Lower Gallery, New York, NY
Dear Painter, paint me…Painting the Figure since late Picabia, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna, Austria and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Enoc Pérez: Monuments, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Preview 2003, The Happy Lion (Leo Koenig, Inc. & Galerie Michael Janssen), Los Angeles, CA
2002
Holiday, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany (solo)
New York, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Enoc Perez, Dee/Glasoe, New York, NY
2001
The Secret, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Art in Puerto Rico through the Ages, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Boomerang: Collectors Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
2000
Research and the Dallas Museum of Art), Dallas, TX
1900–2000: Paintings from a Misshapen Century, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia
Annual Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY
1999
At Century’s End, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL
Fresh Flowers: Floral Imagery in Contemporary Art, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
The S-Files: The Selected Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Winter, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Daydreaming, Turner & Runyon, Dallas, TX (solo)
1998
A Year Without Love, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
Encyclopedia 1999, Turner & Runyon, Dallas, TX
Message to Pretty, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
Home & Away, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
1997
Road Show ’97, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY
1996
The Most Important Thing in the World: Oasis vs. Blur & Artists Who Rock, The Art Exchange Show, New York, NY
V Bienal Internacional de Pintura, Cuenca, Ecuador
1995
Annual Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY
1994
Quinta Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
1993
Update 1993, White Columns, New York, NY
Invitational Show, Sala Alternativa Galería de Arte, Caracas, Venezuela
Pequeños Formatos, Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
White Columns, New York, NY (solo)
Galería Uno, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)

Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL