Perla Reyes is a Hispanic visual artist living and creating in Jacksonville, Fl. Her works are most often created in acrylic and oil paints to canvas but she is not afraid to venture into other mediums. Most recently she has shown her versatility by venturing into installation art.
If you ever see Perla's work, you won't easily forget it! Her art features vibrant colors and bold lines that create women that give off a confident and unfazed vibe. Often times her quirky clique of women are equipped with unforgiving "clapbacks" to unwanted advances that women face daily. Perla intentionally gives an ode to her own heritage that she proudly represents by making the women resemble women of her own culture and they often speak Spanish as well. Her way of bringing artistry and real life women issues together is simply amazing. Each time you see a piece of Perla's artwork you see her talent, comedy, and daily struggles brought together in bright hues making her work effortlessly appealing to all viewers.
I met Perla for the very first time at an Art Walk. Small, bright colored canvases with outlines of women sporting mischievous smirks were displayed at a table that made me cross the street for a closer look. At the table sat Perla and two of her friends who are also talented artists vending art and jewelry. Upon meeting the trio I knew I had to work with them in some way and asked for their contact information. That small interaction grew into Perla showcasing impressive, large scale versions of her characters alongside the works of her friends Gabriella Corley and Rolando Kallead at Black Opal. Since then, Perla has been in many showcases and her style and process has evolved. The way her art has evolved and with her eagerness to grow Perla will surely meet her goals and continue to impress us all!
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
I make beautiful and unique characters who tend to be carefree and simply do whatever they please. They enjoy their time being together and looking for fresh worm snacks straight from the ground! If you ever see them in your backyard, DON'T PANIC! It's just snack time!
What inspires your style and characters? Do your characters have names?
I don't really have names for each one of my characters, I just refer to them as my girls! My girls are inspired by my Hispanic heritage, being a woman, and anime!
What is your most important artist tool?
I'd say, my most important artist tool would be my creativity because if I didn't have it my characters would probably not exist!
What do you want your viewers to take away from your art?
I want my viewers to experience what it's like to be put into my characters' world! A world where things are a little bit twisted!
What would you like to see happen in Jacksonville’s art community?
I would like to see Jacksonville's art community expand even more than it already has. The expansion of our art community would make more opportunities become available locally for upcoming artists. I want more people to see how much talent there is in Jacksonville!
What is your ultimate art career goal?
My ultimate career goal is for my artwork be recognized all over the world. I would love for people to see my work and enjoy it as much as I do!
What’s the best of advice you have been given?
The best advice ever given to me is to seize the moment and to never take things for granted.
To connect with Perla Reyes, her GIRLS, and learn about her upcoming projects and exhibitions please follow her on Instagram @chinachiic