Mario Pérez was born in San Juan (Argentina) in 1960 y recientemente falleció en esa misma ciudad a los 58 años, dejando un inmenso legado artístico. The second of seven children, and the son of a housepainter. He obtained his degree in Visual Arts at Universidad Nacional de San Juan in Argentina. Although, he is a draughtsman and a painter, he is also interested in interdisciplinary artistic expressions.
In 2003, Pérez was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, one of his greatest achievements. He also had the honor of being part of the National Exhibition “200 Years-200 Masters of Argentinean Art”, commemorating the country’s bicentennial.
Mario has won international distinctions such as the Cecilia Grierson Award at the Salón Nacional de Pintura in La Plata in 1992; the Marco A. Roca Award at the Salón Pro-Arte, Córdoba, also in 1992; and the first prize in the 88º Salón Nacional de Pintura in Buenos Aires in 1999.
His art often features tiny figures in immense landscapes, and unique backgrounds. His work has been regularly featured in leading auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York, and private and public collections.
Since 1988 he has been exhibiting regularly in various shows in Argentina and abroad. His latest shows took place in Miami at ArtSpace-Virginia Miller Galleries, and at Ascaso Gallery.