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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Personal exhibitions

Galerie Marianne Brand, Carouge, Switzerland
2014   Galerie Silbereis, Paris, France

Galerie Capazza, Nancay, France

Galerie Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, Great Britain

Musée des Beaux- Arts, Mexico, Mexico

Galerie Frank, Santa Monica, USA

Galerie Puls Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

Exposition rétrospective, Musée de Oaxaca, Mexico

Frank Lloyd Gallery. Los Angeles, USA

Galerie Puls. Bruxelles, Belgium

Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste. Toucy, France

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

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

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

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

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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