My work explores the relationships between fathers and sons and how the formative years shape a man's perception of himself and the world around him. The paintings, mostly figurative representations, often focus on the struggle between self acceptance and self actualization, sexuality and desire. My work is heavily influenced by an expressionist viewpoint, with bold, stylized lines of Art Deco, combined with the strong geometric explorations of its antecedents in Cubism. The use of color and texture is an constant characteristic in all my pieces, regardless of subject matter.
- Halloween Magic benefiting Houston
- AIDS organizations, Houston: 10.23.16
- Arte y Vino | Brighter Future Foundation, Houston: 9.10.16
- Pan Dulce Part One | Franklin Gallery
- Houston: 6.16.16
- Timeless History Gala benefiting
- the GCAM, Houston: 6.3.2016
- HRC Gala, Houston: 5.21.16
- ArtErotica for The Octopus Club
- benefiting AIDS Services of Austin
- Austin: 4.16.16
- Escapist Premiere Show | Franklin Gallery, Houston: 2.28.16
- Pancakes & Booze | Warehouse Live, Houston: 2.12.16
- 10 X 10| Harde & Nance Studios,
- Houston: 1.16.2016
- Resident Artist | Town in City Brewing
- Holiday Art Blast | Heights Art Gallery
- 23rd Annual Art Crawl Houston: 11.21.15
- 2nd Annual AIG Latino Showcase
- Coming Out | OutReach United Houston:
- Open House 2015 | HGY Fundraiser
- HCWE Summer Showcase |
East End Gallery, Houston: 6.27.15
- Remembering Selena | East End Gallery Houston: 4.3.201
Hugo Perez is a self-taught painter. Originally from San Francisco, he moved to Houston with his family as a teen. His love of art and design led him to study visual communication. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts he landed a job in one of the largest ad agencies in Houston, creating brand identities and illustrations for various industries.
After a few years in the advertising world he took up painting as way to create without boundaries, the ultimate form of self-expression. The early work created was well received by his peers and his figurative, expressive portraits were acquired almost immediately. This interest in his work encouraged him to pursue art and to participate in group shows throughout the city.
In the beginning of 2016 he was accepted into the John Palmer Escapist Mentorship Program. He won Escapist of the Year after a successful year.
During the program he learned the business side of art and honed in on his craft. He created a large body of work that was almost entirely acquired, gaining many new collectors. In the summer of 2016 he concepted and developed his first solo exhibition. Pan Dulce Pt 1. He was responsible for every aspect of the show, including logistics, theme, lighting, music and promotion.
The creation of art is a very rewarding experience to him, that is why he dedicates most of his free time on fine-tuning his craft. In additon to this, he regularly donates art to various non-profit organizations in Houston and just recently teamed up with photographer Eric Edward Schell to work on P.R.I.D.E. Portraits, a photography/art project that was created as a result of the Orlando shooting. The project seeks to bring awareness and equality to the LGBTQIA community.