Monica is a visual artist whose work explores ideas of uncertainty and adaptation. She is originally from California, but 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. 

Monica paints in acrylics, spray paint, inks and dyes, and she also incorporates natural, found and reclaimed material. She embraces accidental and incidental moments in her work and allows herself to be guided by material. 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 elements forced upon them and Monica seeks to capture that which is on the verge of either renewal or collapse.


2022 Turps Correspondance Course

2019 MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2005 BFA, with distinction, California College of the Arts, San Francisco



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


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)


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


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


Thuyskamer, Amsterdam


Solo Exhibition, Rob Radamaker Gallery, Utrecht



Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader, Gallery 37/ Punch Records, Centrala, Birmingham

Adult Creative Workshop, Ikon gallery, Birmingham

Family Saturday art workshop, Ikon gallery, Birmingham (online)


Small Works Art Gallery, London/Birmingham

Materials Club, STEAMhouse, Birmingham

Sporadic Assemblage, ongoing collaboration with Steph Shipley, Birmingham/Lancaster


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


Merzbarn Residency, Lake District

TFAC Residency, The Griffin Gallery, London


Hiraeth Magazine and Podcast, Amsterdam/London


All College Honors Nomination, California College of the Arts, San Francisco


‘Cutting Edge’ Award, James Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento


‘Cutting Edge’ Award, James Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento


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

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