Gustavo Pérez is born in Mexico City in 1950. He studied engineering for one year, mathematics for one year and 2 years of philosophy at the University of Mexico between 1968 and 1971. In 1971 he joined for two years la Escuela de Diseño y Artesanías - School of Design and Crafts, Mexico City, Ceramics Department (EDA). In 1980 he acquired a scholarship to study two years at the Saint Joost Academy in Breda, the Netherlands. From 1982 to 1983 he worked as guest in the workshop of Sint Paulus Abdij in Oosterhout, Noord Brabant (NL). Back in Mexico in 1992 he opened his own workshop in Zoncuantla, Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico. In 1997 he worked as artist in residence at the Institute of ceramic studies of Shigaraki, in Japan. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as guest artist at the manufactory of Sèvres in Paris, France. He has been invited on numerous occasions to teach courses and lectures in Europe, Mexico and South America. Since 1994 he is member of the International Academy of Ceramics and from 2006 he is part of the same Council. In 2011. In 2012 he received the Premio Nacional de Ceramica. His work is exhibited in Mexico. United States, Europe, Japan and Korea (tekst from macay.org).
Pictures: Gustavo Pérez, portrait (source Frank Lloyd Gallery); Gustavo Pérez, portrait (source Galerie Capazza); vase 1 (source Puls Ceramics); vase 2 (source Pinterest); vase 3 (source Galerie Besson); vase 4 (source Museo Fernando Garcia Ponce).
“Pre-Hispanic art is part of my background, but everyone loves this work. How it becomes a part of my work, I don’t know. Maybe it is in my subconscious. Things grow inside me. They have been growing for years. Maybe I had one idea when I was five years old and it took fifty years to come out. I think I have a huge cocktail of “influences,” including architecture, dance, literature, music — all of these have influenced my work.
I don’t follow what’s going on in the world of ceramics. I’m not aware of trends. I’m friends with some other artists, but I work all the time. I care only about my own work. My only other passions are classical music and literature. If I have any time not working, I want to read literature. I don’t want to look at what other people are making. I don’t care about vacations. I crave time to work. When possible, I work alone. I receive very few visitors. I don’t “have wine” in the studio. This takes too much time. Truly, I’m not arrogant; it’s only that I value my time so much. I love working! I do enjoy people, but I enjoy clay so much more. My clay is my life.” ( from an interview at Gustav Perez’s studio in Xalapa with Maya Shacter ) - (published in www.veniceclayartists.com).