Drawing inspiration from both 20th century modern painting and neighborhood aesthetics, paintings by Joseriberto Perez are composed of vibrant, abstract representations of Miami’s landscape and architecture, family heirlooms, and symbolic objects traditionally found in Afro-Caribbean homes. Perez reinterprets a host of Miami’s palm varieties and decorative fences into colorful patterns that he hand-prints onto textiles and sews into large-scale paintings. Working with materials and processes that are charged with cultural meaning, Perez engages with his and his family’s experience of working in laundromats during much of his youth. Through his artistic practice, Perez imbues familiar movements with new meaning. Folding, dyeing, sewing, layering, and washing become exercises in questioning relationships between images, histories, traditions, and places.
Bobo Deco is curated by Mariela Acuña, Exhibition & Residency Programs Manager in collaboration with the artist. This solo installation of Perez’s work includes new works made between 2020 and 2022 that continue his engagement with issues of gentrification, displacement, and belonging, particularly in Miami, where he lives and works. Joseriberto Perez is an alum of Ground Floor 2018 and has moved between Miami and Chicago for the last fifteen years.