William Pérez Cienfuegos, Cuba | 1965


William’s work is a hydra of hundreds of heads growing simultaneously. Their evolution is rhizomatous; it is like a whale migration, constantly emerging and sinking. They just advance without specific destination, lifting waves as they move forward, re-writing motifs all the time. Their simultaneity overcomes by far the necessary order in the written language.

– Rigoberto Otaño

Characterized by diversity, curiosity and inventiveness, Pérez's work embodies transformation. Recognizing and honoring his desire and duty to evolve and embrace change has led him to experiment with numerous media and techniques throughout his career including small installations in wood and metal, watercolor, stencil, large interactive installations, incised Plexiglas, fiber optics, resin and wire sculpture and robotics.


William Perez graduated from San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana in 1986.  His professional career includes personal and collective exhibitions, biennials and art fairs in Cuba and abroad such Adrenaline # 1, 25 Kent Wallplay, 2020. Self-Illuminate, El Barrio Art Space PS 109, 2017. Soul Cartography, Villa Manuela Gallery, 2017. There is always a place, Salt Fine Art Gallery, 2015. Living Together, Havana Biennial, 2012.


As a transdisciplinary artist William has completed several residencies including El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 2017, The Art Omi Artists Residency in 2013, The Nordic Artists Centre, Artist-in-Residence Centre, Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture in 2002, The Adventurous Fall Residency in Denmark in 1997 and The Gotear Kunstforum in Germany in 1994.


His work is included in several collections including MOLAA, Los Angeles, CA and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Collection, New York, NY.


The artist lives and works in Union City, New Jersey.


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