Artist Robert Perez is a professional mixed-media artist and photographer for over 30 years. By layering disparate media into a single cohesive work, Perez transforms wide ranging concepts into visual expressions for a spiritual journey beyond the limiting plane of 'reality'.
The still image is paramount in our media saturated world. Through the photographic process fleeting moments are forever captured - a specific place and time with a unique set of properties that can never be repeated, only studied and appreciated.
Photography, Art, Software - it all goes in the mix. Layers of expression and development evolve until finally creating something that could not have been without the labored process of continuous revision. Great design is manifested by utilizing sophisticated techniques with only the essential elements required for it's creation.
"We are one. We have always been one. We will always be one. Heaven and Earth. God and Man. Unus Anima™ and The Unus Anima Foundation™ are the unification of all that I do, Artist and Pastor. One goal under one soul." - Artist Robert Perez
My fine art work includes photography, mixed-media paintings on wood and canvas, sculpture, design and limited-edition prints. I'm currently writing my first full-length book, alongside developing magazines and photobooks, and film projects. As a Pastor and founder of UNUS ANIMA™, it is my mission to foster genuine spiritual development for the well-being of all people. I'm on a continual quest to find the esoteric mystical wisdom inscribed by God in code for the diligent person to discover.
Photography and art are obsessions that, over a lifetime, have been impacted and shaped from multiple sources.
The masters of both art and cinema have more to teach us than can ever be absorbed in a lifetime. Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Kubrick, Scott, Tarantino, Koons, Marden, Rothko, Kelly - the list is exhaustive. If I were to add music to the list, it would require pages of names and a deeper dive into how the sounds manifest themselves visually, but more importantly, the process by which they realign my whole thought processes.
Advertising has been a powerful influence on me since I was a boy. I'm a magazine junkie, always have been. I was a lazy TV junkie too as a kid, before I was unleashed in my teens. Today, I endless study ads and reverse engineer them.
I'm influenced by all genres of photography, but especially images in black and white. My fine art work is a mash-up of pictorialism meets street photography meets cinema and so on, with the intention of laying an Easter egg in each image, intentionally or not.
Great photographers have shaped our culture for over 100 years. I love the exquisite and timeless work of Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, the contemporary beauty of Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz, plus the heyday of street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz. And how can you not be moved by the likes of photographer Fan Ho? Rock and Roll photographers, like Jim Marshall, Mick Rock and Bob Gruen, have influenced my photography and my art.
Documentary photographers are dear to my heart and move me in a special way because of the realism that's NOT real, but interpreted by the photographer through the lens of the camera, giving us a hyper-real or an otherworldly view, which is sometimes harrowing and other times glorious. The greats like Robert Capa, Sir Don McCullin, Steve McCurry and Sebastião Salgado are beacons to me.
Great art, photography, cinema, literature and philosophy have been key to the development of my visual language(s).
Artist Robert Perez is a professional mixed-media artist, photographer, director and writer working on the east end of Long Island in New York, USA.
Robert Perez Studio™ is located on the East End of Long Island in New York, shooting all of the metropolitan and tri-state area, as well as, special projects across the U.S.