Alan Perez

Alan Perez is an artist who is interested in the dark side. His work may not always be the nicest or the friendliest, but to be honest with you, he’s more interested in the darkness and mysteries of life. 

From bands like Misfits to filmmakers like Tim Burton to writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Alan is very interested in popular culture’s ideas of the dark side, too. Alan is an enthusiastic horror film fan and often reinterprets classic horror film icons in clay like Michael Myers from the Halloween film serial.

Additionally, Alan is frequently inspired by graphic novels, including Watchmen and Batman. In contrast to his interests in contemporary metal music and comics, he admires the craftsmanship of master painters such as Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci.  Alan is a multidisciplinary artist who works in charcoal, paint, fiber, mixed media and ceramics. While he enjoys many materials, he identifies as a sculptor first, noting that sculpture is much more real and much more appealing to him.

 // Alan’s available work //

recent exhibition history

Small Wonders, organized by kg // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2023

Holiday Gift Guide // “Between Worlds” organized by Joey Enos // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022

Face In the Crowd, organized by René Smith // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2022

I Belong to Myself, organized by Maria Seda-Reeder // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2022

A Little Bit of Everything: Fashion & Fiber at NIAD // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // July 2022

Everyday Heroes // Arts of Life, Chicago // July 2022

High Five, organized by Emma Spertus and Ember Avalos // NIAD Online Exhibition // June 2022

DreamForms, curated by Lauren Ari and Julio Del Rio // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2022

WIN WIN 10 Silent Auction Preview Exhibition // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // February 2022

A Year Through the Windows // A Retrospective of NIAD’s 2021 Windows Exhibitions // December 2021

Holiday Gift Guide #5, organized by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2021

Con Los Animales Estamos Conectados, organized by Christo Oropeza // NIAD Windows Exhibition // November 2021

The Ultimate Hard-Core Horror Metal Art Show, organized by Alan Perez // NIAD Windows Exhibition // October 2021

Faces in the Crowd, selected by Elizabeth Lalley // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2020

Through My Eyes, organized by Scott Hewicker and Cliff Hengst // NIAD Art Center 2020