Iris Pérez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She studied Art at the National school of Fine Arts and at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD). She specialized in painting and attended the sculpture workshops of the masters Leopoldo Pérez and Domingo Luz. She also participated in various courses and workshops throughout the country.
Individual Exhibition and project
2008: -Tied to the heart, Altos de Chavón Principal Gallery
2007 -Iris Perez: Recent Work, Performance Art Forum (PAF), Reims, France.
-Artist –in-residence (drawing). Le Parc, Pampelonne, France
-Artist –in-residence (painting). PAF, Reims. France.
2006 -Iris Pérez: Retrospectiva of drawing and paintings. Marisall Gallery.
-Circuit of individual exhibitions:
-Rakú, Women of Fire. Las asas Reales Museum, Santo Domingo, D.R.
-Human Habitat. Arawak Art Gallery, Santo Domingo, D. R.
-Strange Body. Santiago Cultural Centre, Santiago, D. R.
-Work in Paper and Binders of Love. Cariforum Culture Centre, Sto. Dgo. R.D
-After the Fire. Amicus Contemporary Art, Santo Domingo, D. R.
2003 -Marginal States series. Boricua University, New York, U.S.
2000 -Hidden Spaces. Casa de Bastidas, Santo Domingo, D. R.
From the series Hidden Spaces. Cuba Collection Fine Art, Miami, Florida, U. S.
1998 -Rental Zone. Palacio Consistorial de Santiago, Santiago, D. N. and Palace of Fine Art, Santo Domingo, D. N.
1994 -Homage to the Family. United Nations Office, Santo Domingo, D. R.
1993 -Scenes from Life. National School of Fine Arts, Santo Domingo, D. R.
National and International Events
2007 -Women of the World collective exhibition, World tour opened in 2000 (White Columns, New York); 2001- University of Maryland, Stockholm Sweden, University of New England, Me., Tucson Museum, Arizona. 2002-Women’s Art Gallery, Ohio, Museum of the Southwest, Texas. 2003 – International Museum of Women’s. Mobile Museum, Alabama, Brenau University, Ga. 2004-Tallin Art Hall, Estonia, Skureyri Museum, Iceland, Gerduburg Cultural Center, Reykjavik. 2005 World Financial Center, NY. Women’s Museum, Dallas, New Orleans Contemporary Art Centre, Simmons College, Boston, Legion Arts. -Villa Saugy Ginebra, Suiza
-Ayuntamiento Amman, Jordania, 2007 -" Coredo”, Tokio, Japón, 2006, the most recently at arcadia Art Centre, Lafayette, L. A.
2006 -The secret Garden. Primo Piano Gallery, Lecce, Italy.
-Anonymous. Exhibition of Drawings. Berlin, Germany.
2005 -Unclaimed Luggage. Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
-Collective Exhibition of Dominican Arts, Habitat for Humanity, Manhattan, U. S.
2004 -Art Olympiads Athens 2004. Sculture project selected to represent the Dominican Republic at the Olympic Games, Athens, Greece.
2000 -Auction. Venezuela Aids 2000, Miami Florida, U.S.
National Collective Exhibitions.
2006 -Drawing Fair. Museum of Contemporary Drawings, Santo Domingo, D.R.
-Daughters of the Caribbean. Casa de España, Santo Domingo, D. R.
2005- -National Biennial of Visual Arts. Museum of Modern Art, S. Dgo ,D. R.
2004 -E. León Jimenez Art Contest. Center León, Santiago, D. R.
Homage to Pablo Neruda. Book Fair, Casa de Teatro and Chilean Embassy, Sto. Dgo.
2003 -Caribbean In situ. Casa de España, Santo Domingo, D. R.
-22nd National Biennial of visual Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Sto. Dgo.
-New Proposals: Exhibition of Instalations. Hotel Lina, Santo Domingo, D. R.
2002 -E. León Jimenez Art Contest. Santiago, D. N.
-27 +27 Freedom Action. CODAP, Santo Domingo, D. R.
2001 -Divergent: Painting Exhibition and Installation for the 4th Caribbean Biennial of Visual Arts. CODAP, Santo Domingo, D. R.
1999 -21st National of Visual Art. Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, D. R.
-12 th E. León Jimenez Biennial, Santiago and Santo Domingo
1997 -Performance – Installation of Hunger Dance. Casa de Bastidas, CODAP and Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, D. R.
-Artists for the Homeland. CODAP, Santo Domingo, D. R.
-2nd Visual Arts National Festival. Museum of Modern Art, Sto.Dgo. D. R.
1996 - Collective Exhibition, Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, D.R.
1994 -8 th March:The Dominican Woman and Her Art. Casa de Bastidas, Sto.Dgo
1991 -18 th National Biennial of Visual Arts. Modern Art Gallery, Sto. Dgo., D.R.
1990 - Expo-Art UASD. Museum of Dominican Man, Santo Domingo, D. R.
Mural and Sculpture:
2007 -Where The Spring of Life Dwells. Nuñez de Cáceres Park, Sto. Dgo. D. R.
2006 -Collective Mural. Produced with the Collaboration of the United Nations, Cabreto, Santo Domingo, D. R.
2005 -Collective Mural. Rehabilitation Centre, Santo Domingo, D. R.
Iris Pérez works as a teacher in the National School of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Drawing, the Latin Academy of Visual Arts and Rehabilitation Center. She has also taught in the Faculty of Humanities of the INTEC University, done children’s workshops in the Museum of Contemporary Drawing and given classes in the Central Bank, amongst others. She is an external consultant in the area of capacity building of teachers in the Department of Art Education of the Ministry of Education.
Since 2001 she has been involved in the project of Public Art: Contemporary Actions, doing community work and interventions together with other artists, students of Art and members of the country’s communities. As a result of this project, she was selected to be a member of the jury of the Ford’s Foundation and the Environment International prizes. She has received numerous awards and token of gratitude both within the country and abroad.
She has participated in specialized courses and workshops in ceramics, engraving and Art History in the following institutions: The National School of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, Amaco Caribe, the School of Design of Altos de Chavón, the Dominican College of Plastic Arts, the Spanish Cultural Centre, the Pedro Henríquez Ureña University and the Ignerís Foundation amongst others. She is a technical and Web designer as well.
She participated in the 1st Latin American Workshop in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and in the Regional Symposium “Incidence of Pre-Columbian Culture in Art, Arawak Inc., Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.