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PEREZ Gustavo, ceramic, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 2004

“Trying and trying again. I can’t think of a better way to define my work than the declaration of Franz Schubert when asked about his idea of musical composition: “I just finish one piece and begin the next”.

I don’t have any idea of what inspiration is; in any case not something I care much for. I believe in work, in the unavoidable need an artist faces to make something, very specific but ultimately impossible to understand fully. A sort of fate more than a decision or a choice.

For me it is clay. Into this relation with clay should go somehow everything I care for: poetry, literature en general, music, geometry, knots, maps, astronomical charts, curved mirrors, crystals, languages, the work of hundreds of artists (some ceramists among them), labyrinths, the games of chess and billiards, seeds, and a long etcetera that would take pages to list and would certainly leave aside many things, probably the most important ones.

Our memory preserves every single experience and processes it in a conscious and an unconscious way to produce what one can. Not what one wants but only what one can. In this impulse towards the Ithaca one would like to reach lies for me the secret of creativity: trying endlessly to express in a clearer way what I want to express.

After forty years of working with clay, after so many pieces thrown and treated in the so many different ways I have discovered along the years, I realise now how this last years have been a time of recapitulation, a time to concentrate all that I have developed, trying to get to the most essential. And this means, as usual, starting with a thrown form, a cylinder again. Finishing a piece and beginning with the next. And always finding something new, endlessly.”

Gustavo Pérez


Born in Mexico City, in 1950.

Ever since he began working with clay in 1971, his work has been devoted essentially to investigate and develop the creative possibilities offered by the use of the potter’s wheel. Even though there have been some series of pieces made with other techniques, the wheel continues being the center around which turns everything he makes. From pottery to sculpture.

All along his more than 40 years of production, he has developed several series of pieces that he himself has defined as “Open Form”, “Drawing on ceramics”, “Wounds”, “Cuts”, “Reconstruction”, “Folds”, “Compression”, and in the last years, after the Compression series, a sort of synthesis of all the previous periods. In every case it has been a systematic as well as a very ludic investigation of the infinite ways to manipulate clay after it has been given a basic form on the wheel. This basic departure form being many times a simple cylinder. This process continues open and becomes richer and wider as he tries different ideas. Because as he often says, it can be endless.

His work has been exposed in many galleries I the world and is also part of many collections in museums in Mexico, USA, Europe and Asia. He works both in his studio in Xalapa, Veracruz in Mexico, and in the studio of Brigitte Pénicaud in France. And is often invited to give lectures and workshops or to participate in production projects.

From 2007 - 2010 he was invited to work at the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, where as artist in residence he realized several series of pieces in porcelain.

Member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 1994. And since 2006 member of its council.

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Public collections :

Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen


Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montréal

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Kyonggi

Keramikmuseet Grimmerhus, Middelfart

United States
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres
Musée Palissy, Saint-Avit

Musée Benaki, Athens

Nemzetközi Keramia Studio, Kécskemet

Musée d’art de la Préfecture de Saga, Saga
Musée de la Fondation du Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki

Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design, Riga

Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Museo de Arte de Querétaro, Querétaro

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2021  Exceptions, Galerie Arcanes, Paris

2019  Personal exhibition, Galerie Arcanes, Paris
Géométries du Sud du Mexique à la Terre de feu, Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris

2018  Biennale 2018, ArtCéram, guest of honor, Le Sel, Sèvres

2016  Vénus et Vulcain, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay

2015  Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge, Switzerland

2014  Galerie Silbereis, Paris, France

2013  Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France

2012  Galerie Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, Great Britain
Musée des Beaux- Arts, Mexico, Mexico

2011  Galerie Frank, Santa Monica, USA
Galerie Puls Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

2010  Exposition rétrospective, Musée de Oaxaca, Mexico

2008  Frank Lloyd Gallery. Los Angeles, USA
Galerie Puls. Bruxelles, Belgium
Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste. Toucy, France

2007  Galerie Loes en Reinier, Deventer, Netherlands
Galerie Mediart. Paris, France

2006  Gustavo Pérez A Survey of Recent Work. Frank Lloyd Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2005  Mirada Retrospectiva Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
Galería López Quiroga. Mexico City, Mexico
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Centrum Goed Werk. Zulte, Belgium
Galerie Pierre. Paris, France

2003  Gustavo Pérez. Céramiques, Artur Ramon Art Contemporani. Barcelone, Spain
Deux terres. Galerie Pierre, Paris, France
Cambios. Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Galerie Marianne Brand, Genève, Switzerland
Galerie Loes en Rainier, Deventer, Netherlands
Keramiek dieser Welt. Handwerkskamer, Koblenz, Germany
Cuando suena la tierra, Galería López Quiroga, Mexico City, Mexico

2002  Galerie Fusion. Toulouse, France
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Danmarks Keramikmuseum Grimmerhus. Grimmerhus, Denmark

2001  Galería ARTE3, Léon, Gto., Mexico
Galerie Besson, Londres, Great Britain
Galerie Ortillés-Fourcat, Paris, France

2000  Galería Sjokando, Kyoto, Japan
Galería Move, Yokohama, Japan
Keramikmuseum, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
Gustavo Pérez. Vasos nuevos y vasos cortados, Frank Lloyd Gallery, Los
Angeles, USA
Galería de Arte Contemporáneo, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, N.Y., USA

1999  Centro Cultural de México, Copenhage, Denmark
Museo de la Porcelana, Rostrand, Sweden
Variaciones en cerámica, Casa Oaxaca, Oaxaca, OAX., Mexico
Gustavo Pérez, obra reciente, Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico
Frank Lloyd Gallery, Los Angeles, Californie, USA
Gustavo Pérez. Cerámica, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico

Gustavo Pérez. Cerámica, obra reciente, Galería ARTE3, León, Gto., Mexico

1998  Galería de la Universidad de Estudios Extranjeros, Kyoto, Japan
Galeria Yamaki, Osaka, Japan
Gustavo Pérez y Koie Ryoji obra reciente, Kaikan Matsue, Shimane-ken, Japan
Galería Meitetsu, Nagoya, Japan
Céramiques de Gustavo Pérez, Centro Cultural de México, Paris, France

1997  Escultura y pintura, Galería Juan Martín, Mexico City, Mexico
Con la música, Teatro del Estado, Xalapa, Ver. , Mexico
Cerámica, Festival International de Biarritz, Biarritz, France.

1996  Pruebas y errores, Biblioteca de México, Mexico City, Mexico

1995  Cerámica, Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
Cerámica, Teatro Manuel Doblado, León, Gto., Mexico
Cerámica, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Jal. Mexico
Cerámica, Obra reciente, Galería del Estado, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

1994  Cerámica, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

1993  Penúltimas con secuencias, Juan Martín Galería, Mexico City, Mexico
Instituto Cultural Mexicano, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Gustavo Pérez, Ceramista, Centro Cultural Alfa, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Cerámica y Dibujo, Galería del Estado, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

1992  Mudanzas, El Dibujo en la Cerámica, Galería Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico

1991  Cuadernos (con Macotela Gabriel), Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Mexique

1990  Forma Abierta, Galería López Quiroga, Mexico City, Mexico
Vasos Comunicantes, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico

1988  Galería del Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura, Veracruz, Ver., Mexico
Centro de Arte, Xalapa, Ver. , Mexico

1986  Vasijas, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico

1984  Galerie Het Kapelhuis, Amersfoort, Netherlands

1983  Akademie Sint Joost, Breda, Netherlands
Zeeus Kultureel Centrum, Middelburg, Netherlands
Kultureel Centrum, Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands

1980  Galería Teorema, Mexico City, Mexico

1979  Galería de la Escuela de Diseño y Artesanías, Mexico City, Mexico

1978  Radio Educación, Mexico City, Mexico

1977  Casa de la Cultura, Querétaro, Qro., Mexico

1976  Casa de la Cultura, Querétaro, Qro., Mexico

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