Fabian Perez & his ladies of the night paintings

Born in 1967, Fabian Perez grew up outside Buenos Aires in a turbulent world of political upheaval during the post-Peron military regime. Such a childhood could not fail to impact on every area of his life including his artistic ethos, especially when taken in conjunction with his unconventional upbringing.  At the age of 9 Fabian Perez became fascinated with the paintbrush, and using watercolours and tempera he painted original portraits of his friends and family. His mother, Edua Herreria, a beautiful Brazilian women, met his father, a handsome and charismatic ladies’ man, Antonio Perez, in the late 1950’s, in Campana, a small city outside Buenos Aires. They married and had four children of whom Fabian is the youngest.

Edua was the creative force in Fabian Perez’s life and Antonio was the inspiration for his work. Fabian Perez witnessed his father’s unorthodox and often difficult life, portraying him in his original paintings as “the cool guy” outside nightclubs and bordellos. Antonio owned a number of brothels and illegal nightclubs in Campana, and was frequently chased and closed down by the police. Nevertheless the young Fabian Perez was constantly exposed to beautiful women who could seduce a man “simply by lighting a cigarette”. Today we see these “ladies of the night” exquisitely portrayed in many of Fabian Perez originals and limited editions – memories of his youth and the nightlife he observed.

Dancer In Red by Fabian Perez

Dancer In Red by Fabian Perez

Fabian wishes not to categorise his artistic style as he does not want to limit himself or his art work. His art is simply the passionate expression of his strong romantic feelings. Inspired by what is known in martial arts as the Muga (empty mind), Fabian Perez finds himself in this almost meditative state of mind when he is at work, and the purity of his creativity flows. He now resides in Beverly Hills, California, where he paints, plays soccer, trains and teaches martial arts to close friends. He still travels the world for inspiration.

The intimacy and respect with which these “women of the night” are portrayed is due in no small part to his upbringing, where he was befriended and often cared for by girls that other schoolboys were being warned against. The warmth and humanity of these women is as central to his images as their beauty and seductiveness. Like Toulouse Lautrec, whose vibrant but humorous portrayals of the Moulin Rouge cancan dancers offered us a uniquely intimate view of these extraordinary women, it is Fabian Perez’s closeness to the reality of his subjects that sets him apart from other artists who might paint such figures from a greater distance.

There is the constant presence of rhythm which pervades every image, regardless of whether the subject is dancing or simply smoking on a balcony. This complete understanding of the tempo and cadences of the human body comes from two distinct areas of Fabian’s life. One is his own musicianship which is hugely important to him and connects with his artwork on a profound level.

Fabian Perez’s international status was recently confirmed with his appointment as the official artist to the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, as well as one of the official artists for both the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the London 2012 Olympics. He has also been acknowledged in his homeland of Argentina with a rare, government funded public exhibition for the nation – a huge tribute to his status as an internationally acclaimed fine artist who has brought credit to his country.

Saba On The Stairs (Yellow Touch) by Fabian Perez

Saba On The Stairs (Yellow Touch) by Fabian Perez

For more information about Fabian Perez and his work please visit

Fabian Perez at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01543 502971 or email info@artworx.co.uk

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