BIO

Working within a process reflective of life experiences, Monica embraces accidental and incidental moments; allowing herself to be guided by material. In doing so, she has come to realise that she is always seeking the catalyst or disruption and has embraced the transformative nature of the elements as potential collaborators in her practice. Her decisions are therefore an adaptation or acquiescence to circumstance as she navigates between anxiety and optimism; chaos and control. 

 “As fallen leaves and peeling bark imply both death and regeneration, so do the flaking patina and crumbling facades of the urban environment. I am interested in the collision or hybridity of natural and unnatural, as one adapts to the other. All things in nature must adapt to the uncontrollable elements forced upon them and I am seeking to capture that which is on the verge of either renewal or collapse. Amid the relentless story of progress and the ever-changing state of all things, I look to nature for signs of hope; of a promise of return.”

Monica is originally from California where she received a BFA from the California College of the Arts. She lived in Amsterdam for ten years, where she taught IB art and design. She also designed the Make a Scene Stamp Kit and co-founded the Hiraeth Magazine and podcast. She received an MFA from Slade School of Fine Art in 2019.

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EDUCATION

2019 MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2005 BFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 Studio Visit, No. 20 Arts, London

          Orbit Graduates Art Show, OXO Tower Bargehouse, London

          Limbo,  Slade School of Fine Art, London 

          MFA degree show, Slade School of Fine Art, London

          Raw Materials: Plastics, Nunnery Gallery/ Bow Arts, London

          Distant Heres, The Stone Space, London

          How Are You, Babe?, Blank 100, London

          Nomenclature of Colours, Slade Research Centre, London

2018  Dark to Light, 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield

          Sammelwut, Nijmegen

          Slade Interim Show, London

          Wells Art Contemporary, Wells

          Beep Painting Prize, Swansea

          Liquitex White Walls Mural, London

          The Field, ASC Gallery, London

2017  Thuyskamer, Amsterdam

2015  Solo Exhibition, Rob Radamaker Gallery, Utrecht

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2019  The Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust Award in support of Excellence in the Arts

           Slade Summer School Art Education Residency, London

2018  Merzbarn, Lake District

           TFAC Residency, The Griffin Gallery, London

2002  All College Honors Nomination, California College of the Arts, San Francisco/ Oakland

2001  “Cutting Edge” Award, James Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento

2000  “Cutting Edge” Award, James Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019  Chic Chats #27: Monica Perez VegaLawfully Chic. 5 Aug. 2019

           Raw Materials: PLASTICS, May 2019

2018  WOTISART?, issue #11, Feb. 2018

           Novelty Magazine, Issue #11, March 2018

2015  Fresh Paint Magazine, issue #9, Oct. 2015

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