An “outsider“ by many definitions, Perez works with mixed-media, photography, digital media, moving images and language to explore concepts concerning spirituality, metaphysics, narrative, mathematics, philosophy, culture and art making itself.
Perez is a mixed-media artist, photographer, director, graphic designer, writer and Pastor. With a vagabond mind and lifestyle, his journeys included running a Genetics Lab at Columbia University, acting and film making, business, marketing, photography and ministry. Perez has since honed his exploratory meanderings into a cohesive visual language and intent. His current series are lengthy projects with defined parameters testing not only his endurance, but also his desire to journey a long path to a lofty place of enlightenment – artistically, intellectually and spiritually.
Perez utilized photography early on in his development as an artist. Running a genetics lab at Columbia University for over 11 years, it was there when he was introduced to photographic development in the darkroom before digital media production was readily available, as well as, the first versions of Photoshop. He was an early adopter of digital photography, surreptitiously buying his first digital camera from a Sony employee before the market was aware. His early works were reproductions in charcoal on paper and wood of his black and white photographs shot with a Pentax SLR with Ilford HP5 film, then manipulated repeatedly after the darkroom through such items as scanners and photocopiers, and later in software. Photography eventually matured into its own medium in his oeuvre.
Photography, Art, Software - it all goes in the mix. Layers of expression and development evolve until finally creating something that could not have been without the labored process of continuous revision. Great design is manifested by utilizing sophisticated techniques with only the essential elements required for it's creation.
Pastor Perez's contemporary missionary work is to bring genuine understanding of the living God through the melding of Eastern and Western concepts of spiritual being, philosophy, science, mathematics, physics, cosmology, and The Way. Pastor Perez is an avid writer on spiritual and philosophical matters. He is currently writing his first book on the subjects, expected to be published early 2022. Robert Perez was ordained a Pastor in 2017 and is the founder of UNUS ANIMA™.