*1968 in Bilbao, Spain.
Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.
Javier Pérez, born in 1968 in Bilbao, Spain, studied in Barcelona and at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After spending several years abroad in Paris and Berlin, Pérez now lives and works in Barcelona. Javier Pérez is a multimedia artist, however his preferred mediums are photography, drawing and sculpture.
His performances take place out of the public eye, therefore photography is also used as a documentary medium. After his presence in the Spanish Pavillion at the Venice Biennale 2001 solo exhibitions followed in the Musée d´art Contemporaine, Nimes (2002), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2004) and in Frac Haut-Normandie, Rouen (2006) as well as in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen. His works have been shown several times in the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as well as the Reina Sofia, Madrid.
The body is central in the works by Javier Pérez. Detached from the strongly gendered approach to the body in contemporary art, Pérez gives the body a different meaning: in his performances, drawings, photography and sculpture it is illuminated as a distorted, strong and at the same time fragile mass.
Pérez´ view is focused on the fascniating features of the human body that couldn´t be more contradictory:human skin is extremely sensitive and fragile, however at the same time it has the strength to control the body´s powerful mass, the fine and complex network of blood vessels providing the entire organism with essential substances. In the tradition of Borges, the mortality and metamorphosis of the body are central to his works.
The use of materials such as latex, artificial resin, glas, steel, animal hair or plant parts underlines the contradictory positions of stability/fragility, inside/outside, attraction/rejection.