Event Category: Art Openings and Exhibits
Opening of Gustavo Pérez Exhibition
Saturday and Sunday
February 1 and 3
Noon to 5 PM
Directions to the gallery on our website
Galeria Atotonilco Presents Internationally Acclaimed Ceramic Artist: Gustavo Pérez
By Susan Page
The word “genius” should not be used lightly. True genius is rare, and it is no exaggeration to apply it to the internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, Gustavo Pérez. His ability to combine an unending variety of undulating or geometric forms with his most unusual surface designs allows him to create breathtaking beauty, quite distinctive from other ceramic art. Any one piece of Pérez’s work is instantly recognizable as his. Yet the staggering variety of ideas within his trademark style is truly astonishing. His pieces combine elegance and precision with a relaxed freedom from convention, a difficult combination to achieve.
If Mexico designated “National Living Treasures,” as Japan does, Gustavo Pérez would surely be at the top of the list. He stands alone as the only Mexican ceramic artist who is internationally celebrated and admired. His work is exhibited in fine galleries all over the world including Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico City (including the Franz Mayer, the Museum of Modern Art, and Bellas Artes).
Gustavo Pérez grew up in Mexico City. Before he discovered his passion for clay, he studied engineering, mathematics, and philosophy, never feeling fully satisfied or engaged. His chance encounter with clay in 1971 felt to him like his soul’s homecoming, and he has been single-mindedly devoted to creating art ever since. He has lived for several years each in Japan, Holland, and the south of France and has maintained his studio near Xalapa in the state of Veracruz for more than thirty years.
In an interview, Perez was asked, “Do you think artistic talent can be taught?” His answer was surprising. “I don’t think I have talent. I just have to make pots. What you need is passion, or undying curiosity. If you can’t sit still until you are creating, if you are driven to keep exploring, ability will follow. Desire, yearning, and willingness to work are far more important than talent.”
Opening of Exhibition
We have an extraordinary opportunity, right here in San Miguel, to view a rich and varied selection of the highly sought-after ceramic works of Gustavo Pérez. Gallery Atotonilco will present over 100 vessels and sculptures by Pérez. This show is largest collection of his work that has ever been exhibited for sale, anywhere. It includes pieces from as far back as 2000 plus a large body of recent works.
The gala opening of Perez’s San Miguel show will be Saturday and Sunday, January 4 and 5, from noon to 5 PM both days. Pérez himself will be present at the opening. The show will be up throughout February and March.
Except for this Open House, the gallery is open by appointment: 415-185-2225. In addition to this contemporary ceramic work, the gallery exhibits a wide variety of folk art from all over Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia, plus country and colonial antiques, historic photographs, and textiles.
Galeria Atotonilco, one of Trip Advisor’s top San Miguel attractions, exhibits the highest quality folk art from all over Mexico, Guatemala, and Colombia. The gallery is open daily except Sunday from 11:00 to 3:00, but only by appointment. We ask that you let us know when you plan to visit. 415-185-2225 or 415-153-5365. Call us early in your visit to San Miguel.