About

Monica is a visual artist whose work explores ideas of uncertainty and adaptation. Originally from California, she has lived in Montreal, Amsterdam, London and currently Birmingham, UK. Her experiences of continually starting over have led to a practice which investigates cycles of change. 

There is a fluidity and resilience to Monica’s practice that relies on moments of disruption. She is always seeking the catalyst and has embraced the transformative nature of the elements as potential collaborators. Her sculptures are assembled from found, gifted and repurposed material usually referencing a precarious reconstruction while her paintings respond to circumstance. All things in nature must adapt to the uncontrollable and Monica seeks to capture that which is on the verge of either renewal or collapse.

EDUCATION

  • 2022 Turps Correspondance Course
  • 2019 MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London
  • 2005 BFA, with distinction, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • Material Presence, Fitzrovia Gallery, London (Upcoming)
  • Colour & Poetry: A Symposium, Slade School of Fine Art,  UCL
  • Weary Harold, ASC Gallery, London

2021

  • Solo Exhibition, My Life in Trees, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham
  • Wild Grapes, Unit 3, London
  • Ikon for Artists, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • Colour & Poetry: A Symposium, Slade School of Fine Art,  UCL online event and exhibition
  • Life on Venus, The Tub Hackney, London

2020

  • ArtWorks Open 2020, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London
  • RBSA Prize Exhibition 2020, RBSA, Birmingham
  • Qube Arts Open, Qube Gallery, Oswestry, Shropshire
  • Solo Exhibition, To the Trees, SUPA Gallery, Birmingham (Online)
  • The Collector’s Eye, LEMA Mobili, London
  • Retrograde, The Old Print Works, Birmingham (Postponed)

2019

  • Studio Visit, No. 20 Arts, London
  • Orbit UK Art Graduates Show, OXO 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 x White Walls Mural, London
  • The Field, ASC Gallery, London

ADDITIONAL

2022

  • Workshop facilitator, Art in Heart, CIC, Birmingham
  • Guest Artist, Ikon Slowboat, Walsall
  • ‘Common Ground’ CPD, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • Associate Artist, Ikon gallery/ in collab. with local schools, Birmingham

2021

  • Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader, Gallery 37/ Punch Records, Centrala, Birmingham
  • Adult Creative Workshop, Ikon gallery, Birmingham
  • Family Saturday art workshop, Ikon gallery, Birmingham (online)

2020

  • Curator, Small Works Art Gallery, London/Birmingham
  • Materials Club, STEAMhouse, Birmingham
  • Sporadic Assemblage, ongoing collaboration with Steph Shipley, Birmingham/Lancaster

2019   

  • The Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust Award for Excellence in the Arts, London
  • Slade Summer School Art Education Residency and Artists’ Talk, London
  • Raw Materials: PLASTICS, Bow Arts, London

2018   

  • Merzbarn Residency, Lake District
  • TFAC Residency, The Griffin Gallery, London

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • My Life in Trees, Self-published, 2021
  • SOLACE, zine project by Matthew Magill, September 2020
  • Moseley B13 Magazine, issue #511, September 2020
  • Exhibition | Monica Perez Vega: ‘To the Trees,’ Ruth Millington. 25 July 2020
  • Average Art, Issue #44, March 2020
  • Chic Chats #27: Monica Perez VegaLawfully Chic. 5 Aug. 2019
  • Raw Materials: PLASTICS, May 2019
  • WOTISART?, issue #11, Feb. 2018
  • Novelty Magazine, issue #11, March 2018
  • Fresh Paint Magazine, issue #9, Oct. 2015

For full CV, please inquire.