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Born in Argentina, in 1968 in a small town - Oliva - surrounded by La Pampa.
Studying psychology in Córdoba, the second largest city in Argentina after the capital. In Córdoba living in an apartment near the Goethe Institute -a library and a cultural center-, a place where he spent hours looking at old VHS tapes by German expressionist artists such as George Gross, Otto Dix, Jörg Immendorff, Baselitz, AR Penk, Joseph. Beauys and others...

 

There was a friend who later came to mean a lot in relation to my art, Molina Rosa. A landscape painter who uses very expressive full colors. He lived in a small house in the town near Oliva where he spent all his time just painting. When I later discovered German Expressionism, I could clearly see the connection.
 

Gabriel Baldi was the first teacher who introduced me to painting. He was teaching high school and I was taking private classes with him at my house. He was very knowledgeable about art history and philosophy. We spent hours talking, reading and talking again, while my mother passed us food, spending new hours talking, all day. He introduced me to the Bauhaus and Poul Klee. I always remembered this man, I spoke to him again 10 years ago. He was a true artist, risking everything for The Art, not for achievement but just for teaching art, he also enjoyed painting himself, figurative expressionism with many colors.
The discovery of Freud and the Bauhaus, I realized that in my old hometown I grew up with many houses inspired by Bauhaus architecture built in the seventies. As a child, of course, I did not know the Bauhaus, but there was always something around these houses that attracted me. Especially the big mental health hospital, which always kept a port open for the public to enter, so I spent time there surrounded by this nice German architecture.

After finishing psychology, supported by my parents who believed in me, I went to New York to study for a year at The Art Student League of NY. My teacher, Robert Cenedella, was a disciple of George Gross; It was amazing for me to learn about this type of art, because of the link I have with my exploration of it in Argentina and the art books about it. My own art at this stage was still figurative painting, around the ART Bastard theme.

Non-figurative painting began when I returned to Argentina. Two years in a row I won a special national prize for artistic painting as a young talent. I am a candidate for the third year with The Escher Room, the name of my artwork, as there was a chance to get a scholarship in Europe if I win three years in a row. But the Argentine economy fell apart, so the third-round prize opportunity was cancelled.

I stayed in Córdoba for a while working on my art and then I decided to go to Europe. First a trip to Hamburg, visiting museums, galleries, continued to Utrecht and I stayed with friends there. I returned to Argentina, I had a studio in my old hometown and I also supported myself by giving art and drawing classes in my studio for children from 7 to 8 years old.

I returned to Europe, Barcelona at 37, stayed with a friend who wrote comics and partnered with me as an illustrator. It was a time to experiment with many things, Experimental Tango with me as
singer, street art, with my alter ego name Peyrone, continuous painting, sometimes abstract combinations, but I always felt that I still hadn't found my artistic language.

During time I found my true non-figurative language, and since then I have continued to modify this language, getting closer to the reason. The colors have also been a continuous and return process for me, like going back to memories, the NY Guggenheim, the old retro artists remembering how they worked in strong colors was my inspiration. Especially the colors that are widely used in the north of Argentina were a great inspiration that I brought from my home country and that I still wear today.

Today I live and work both from my studio in Barcelona and from Copenhagen. My art is still geometric abstract and the power of architecture is very present, still going back to memories to relive them again, in form, colors and precision. Go on, go on and come back!

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© 2023 Gabriel Pereyra

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