Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

"It takes time to become young…"

"Iris Viviana Pérez is a Dominican artist in love with the elements of nature and the expression of her feelings through art. Although a multidisciplinary artist, there is a basic element through all her work, Drawing, which is cathartic and therapeutic for her. In her work, we find a linear or circular look at childhood with a mature concept, human needs, through a stroke sometimes naif.

The Dominican artist is distinguished by an increasingly personal style, with a rich, abundant and committed work, which reveals the pleasure of creating and investigating. The work is not only Thought, it is way of Wanting, way of Seeing and way of Wanting to be. " - Almudena Ríos (journalist and art history)

Iris Viviana Pérez Romero, was born in Santo Domingo on December 17, 1967. She graduated from the National School of Fine Arts and the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. She has studied painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, engraving, art history and performance.

Since 2000, she participates at the Women of the World shows, with a traveling route in museums, galleries and cultural centres in the world. In 2004, she was selected by the ARTIADE organization to represent the country at the Olympics of Art event, organized on the occasion of the "Athens 2004" Olympic Games. She has been declared Distinguished Visitor by the mayor of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the Interregional Meeting of the AIP-UNESCO, where she was given the key to the city. For her installation-performance "Hunger Dance", she received a medal of recognition of FAO. She was invited to be jury at the Ford Conservation and Environment awards of 2005. She participated in 2007 in the projects artist in residence LE PARC, Pampelonne, France and PAF, Reims, France. In 2009, she was Co-founder of the Evolutionary Laboratory of Contemporary Art.

She has been an artist in residence and participated in fairs, biennials and international projects in different countries of Central America, North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She has been selected to represent the Dominican Republic at the IV, V, VI International Art Biennial Beijing at the National Art Museum in Beijing, China, during the years 2010, 2012 and 2015. From 2011, she produces the sculptural Monument "Light of the World" in Santo Cerro, La Vega, Dominican Republic, commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, and participates in the Festival of Latin American Art devoted to the Dominican Republic in Brussels, Belgium.

From 2012 to 2014, she participated in several international group exhibitions such as Global Village, Alkmaar, the Netherlands; Kulturhuset Brønden, Copenhagen; Artistes Dominicains au présent, Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Monaco; Global Village (Collective exhibition traveling between Holland, Germany, Denmark); IV Bienal Latinoamericana Bronx, Bronx Space of Art, New York, USA; Art Basel Miami Mix, Warehouse Project Wynwood, Miami, Florida, USA; Spring-Casa La Negra, Soto de Dego, Spain. In 2015, she organizes "Bullying, Grooming & Sexting" - An awareness Exhibit - Show sponsored by Pride @ UCI headquarters Newsport Univision (in a ceremony led by the journalist María Elena Salinas, this being the first time UNIVISION extends an invitation an artist of the continent). In 2016, she presents "Women in sustainable development" at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, France; and in 2017 her new work "Anatomy of Being" at the Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, and participated in group exhibitions in Spain "#4AlmasSobrePapel" Wynwood Art Lab, Barcelona and "Identities of the art laboratory" Skellig Brown, Madrid.