Rafa Pérez

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"My work is about surprising myself and the audience, using white porcelain and black earthenware clay, fired at high temperature. The black earthenware expands, thus creating a volcanic landscape. It is not just a natural landscape, because it is directed by me. I have created the cuttings from the beginning, but still the aspect of surprise is always present, because what happens in the kiln is unpredictable." Rafael Pérez

The distinguishing characteristic of Perez`s work is its apparently matter-of fact use of ceramic materials and methods to dispel rather than reinforce the sense of ceramics as a discipline. Clay is undeniably the central, material component of his work, but it is utilized in such a way as to make problematic the distinction between ceramics and painting, sculpture or even performance. Perez orients his activity within the boundaries of physics and his transgression of the traditional.

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PERSONAL HISTORY
1957 - Born in Haro, La Rioja, Spain
2007 - Member of The International Academy of Ceramics

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
1986 - Provincial Museum.Logroño.
1987 - Katillo Gallery. San Sebastián.
1987 - Luis Ajuria Gallery .Vitoria.
1988 - Ceramics and Ceramic Artists Gallery. Saragossa.
1989 - San Juan Monastery .Burgos.
1990 - Bezaras Palace Gallery. Haro.
1991-00 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2000 - Els Escudellers Gallery. Barcelona.
2001 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2002 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2003 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2003 - Estados de la Materia. Manises. Valencia.
2004 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2005 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2006 - Adama Gallery. Madrid.
2006 - Rafa Pérez “ Contra- Dicción” . Joaquín Roncal Centro. Saragossa.
2006 - Rafa Pérez. “ Con Tradición” . Santa María. Lugo.
2006 - Arrubal Council Gallery. La Rioja.
2007 - Delta Arte Gallery. San Sebastián.
2007 - ACC. Gallery Barcelona.
2007 - Caja Rioja Gallery .Logroño. La Rioja.
2007 - Dahe Gallery. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
2008 - Puls contemporary Ceramics. Brussels.
2008 - La Escalera Gallery. Cuenca.
2008 - “Piel de Tiro”, Estudio 22 Gallery. Logroño, La Rioja.
2009 - 100 Kubik Gallery Wind Köln , Germany.
2009 - “Tiempo Variable”, Adama Gallery. Madrid.

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
1986 - International Ceramics Fair, Périgueux, France.
1987 - Caja de Madrid National Ceramics Competition.
- Talavera de la Reina. Toledo.
- Panorama of Contemporary Ceramics Ceramo Gallery. Vitoria
- National Creative Ceramics Competition Saragossa.
- Ceramics and Ceramists Gallery. Saragossa.
- Manises National Ceramics Competition. Museum of Manises
1988 - Avant-Garde Ceramics. Ambigú Gallery. Saragossa.
- City of Burgos National Ceramics Competition.
- San Juan Monastery. Burgos.
- National Creative Ceramics Competition
- Ceramics and Ceramists Gallery. Saragossa.
- Panorama of Contemporany Ceramic . Berruet Gallery. Logroño.
- City of Talavera National Ceramics Competition.
- Cloisters of the Collegiate Church. Talavera de la Reina.
1989 - Alcora Ceramics Competition. Town Hall Rooms. Alcora.
- Balcón Norte Touring Exhibition.
- Salón de Otoño . Navarrete el Mudo Gallery . Logroño.
1990 - (Basque) Ceramics Biennale Cultural Centre . Zarauz.
- Santiago de Compostela National Ceramics Competition
- Pueblo Gallego Gallery. Santiago de Compostela.
- City of Talavera National Ceramics Competition .
- Cloisters of the Collegiate Church. Talavera de la Reina.
1992 - Seis Ceramistas Españoles . Sáez Gallery. Seville.
- 3rd Biennale of Plastic Arts. Cultural Rioja. Logroño.
- “Ocho Referencias de Artes Plasticas en la Rioja”. Arenal Galleries. Seville.
- Alcobendas Sculpture Biennale. Madrid
1993 - Artistas Riojanos Presentes en la Exposición Universal de Sevilla.
- Chapel of Carmelo . Libourne. France.
- Alcora National Ceramics Competition .Alcora Castellón de la Plana.
- City of Talavera National Ceramics Competition.
- 1st Biennale of Ceramics Competition. Manises. Valencia.
1994 - City of Burgos. National Ceramics Competition.
- San Juan Monastery. Burgos.
1995 - “Caja Madrid” National Ceramics Competition.
- 8th Chateauroux Biennale. Les Cordeliers. Chateauroux. France.
- Parti Price of Bernard Begouin.Chateau Genicart.Village of Lormont.France.
- “Salon de Otoño”.Cenicero.La Rioja.
- 2nd Ceramics Biennale. Manises. Valencia.
1997 - “Galicia Terra Única” Contemporary Sculpture.
- “Salón de Otoño”. Palace of the Nuns. Cenicero, La Rioja
1998 - International Ceramics Competition.Mino 98 .Japan
- 100th anniversary of F.Garcia Lorca. Museum of the Manufactures of the Mint. Touring Exhibition. Madrid.
- 4th Ceramics Competition San Agustin. de Avilés. Asturias
- Exposition Acquired Works. Alcobendas Madrid.
1999 - “Tres Ceramistas” Raquel Ponce Gallery Madrid
- “Temas Judíos en la Cerámica Española Contemporánea”
- Sinagoga del Tránsito. Toledo.
2000 - “Arte en La Rioja de un siglo para otro” Marqués de San Nicolás Palace, Briones, La Rioja.
2001 - Saragossa International Ceramics Competition.Cerco.
- “Three Spanish Ceramists”.IM Stadbadkeller Gallery.Gmunden .Austria.
- “XYZ” Arte riojano para el 2000” Amós Salvador Gallery.Logroño.
- 5th International Biennale of Ceramics Competition. Manises. Valencia.
2002 - 18th Vallauris Biennale, France.
- “Dos Culturas, un Dialogo” Valencia . Lugo.
- “Three Spanish Ceramist” Groot Weldson Gallery
2003 - “Dos Culturas, un Dialogo” Alicante.
2004 - “Cuenco” Cuenca
- “Boassas” Meeting Portugal.
- “Boassas Meeting” Exposition.Oporto.Valencia.
- “European Ceramics Competition” Athens Greece.
- “Festibbam 2004” Koln.Germany
- “Spanish Contemporary Ceramic” Taipey.Taiwan.
2005 - “Spanish Contemporary Ceramic” Caotun.Taiwan
- “Spansih Contemporary Ceramic” Kaosshiung.Taiwan
2006 - “Ceramic Art London”R.C.A.London
- “La Ceramica española y su integración en el arte” National Ceramic Museum Valencia.
2007 - “Ceramic Art London” Royal College of Art London
- “Escultura Cerámica Ibérica Contemporanea” Santiago de Compostela, Spain Portugal.
- “Avantcraft” Ireland, Paris, Lisbon y and Lugo.
- Magenta 52 Gallery. Milan Italy.
2008 - Rafael Pérez-Tjok Dessauvage. Galería Puls Cerámica Contemporánea. Bruselas.
- European Makers Gallery. Amsterdam
- Saragossa International Ceramics Competition.Cerco.
- “Ceramic Art London” Royal College of Art London.
- Enno Jäkel, Pippin Drysdale, Sasha Wardell, Rafael Pérez, Victor Greenaway, Tora Urup . Puls contemporary Ceramics. Brussels.
- Spanish Ceramic Art Museum - Fuping, China
- International Academy of Ceramics 43rd General Assembly 2008. Members Exhibition. Xian, China
- Fule Internacional Museum. Fuping, Shaanxi, China.
- Ceramique 14 Paris.
2009 - “Haro, Paris y Londres”, El Torreón Museum Haro.
- Adama Gallery. Madrid.
- The Adventures of the Fire. World Ceramic Korea 2009.
- The International Ceramic Workshop Korea 2009.
- CERCO 2009.
- Páginas de barro- “Terra Libris” Casa Góngora-Córdoba. Sala Enrique Cook- Muel Zaragoza.
- Kerameikon- The third International Festival of postmoderm Ceramics 2009- Varazdin- Croatia.
- Keramik Museum Westerwald 2009 Preis, Höhr- Grenzhausen- Germany.
- Bienal de Cerámica 2009- El Vendrel ,Tarragona.
- 6º Salon de la Ceramique D´Art Contemporaine- Céramique 14 Paris.
- IX Bienal de Cerámica 2009 Manises- Valencia.
2010 - Exposición CERCO “Cerámica Contemporánea en España” Instituto Cervantes en Tokio, Túnez, El Cairo.
- Ceramics of Europe-12- Westerwald prize 2009. Grimmerhus Museum Dinamarca
- “Cerámica Española para el siglo XXI” Taipei- Taiwan
2010 - Terres D´aligre Galeria. Paris.
- Escuela de Cerámica de Muel Domadores del Fuego . Zaragoza.
- Exposicion de los miembros de la Academia Internacional de Ceramica en Sevres. Paris. 44ª Asamblea General.
- Encuentro Internacional de cerámica en la Borne. L´amour Du Feu. Exposicion en el Centro de ceramica Contemporanea de la Borne.
- Exposición de los ganadores de la V Bienal de El Vendrell.
- Trienal Europea de cerámica y vidrio, Mons Belgica.

CONFERENCES
- The International Ceramic Workshop 2009 Korea.
- Pazo do Cultura Pontevedra 2009.
- Logroño, Instituto de Estudios Riojanos 2009.
- Enfangats, Gerona. 2009.
- Luarca Asturias 2007.
- Internacional Ceramic 2009 Corea
- Pazo do Cultura Pontevedra 2009
- Logroño- Instituto de Estudios Riojanos 2009
- Enfangats Gerona.2009
- Santiago de Chile, Huara Huara . Ruth Krauskopf. 2010
- V Biennal De Ceramica El Vendrell. 2010
- Centro De Ceramica Contemporanea De La Borne , Francia. 2010

AWARDS
1987 - First Prize in the Contenmporary Crafts Designs Competition. San Sebastian.
- Second Prize in the Caja de Madrid National Ceramics Competition. Madrid.
1988 - Second Prize in the National Creative Ceramics Competition. Saragossa.
- First Prize in the National Ceramics Competition City of Burgos.
- First Prize in the National Ceramics Competition City of Talavera de la Reina.
1989 - Second Prize in the National Ceramics Competition Alcora.
1990 - First Prize in the Basque Ceramics Biennale Zarauz (With Carmen del Val ).
- First Prize in the National Ceramics Competition City of Talavera de la Reina.
1992 - First Prize in National Ceramics Competition “Vila de Esplugues”
- Selected Biennale Plastics Arts Rioja.
- Selected to represent Rioja in Seville Arenal Rooms.
- Prize for Young Creative Artists in Alcora.
- Prize in Alcobendas Biennale Sculpture and Ceramics Competition
1993 - Second Prize in the National Ceramics Competition Alcora.
- Second Prize in the National Creative Ceramics Competition Talavera de la Reina.
1994 - Second Prize in the National Creative Ceramics Competition City of Burgos.
1995 - First Prize in National Creative Ceramics Competition “CAJA MADRID”.
- First Prize in the European Biennale of Ceramics Competition of Manises.
1998 - Honourable mention in the International Ceramics Competition of Mino (Japan)
- Adquisition Prize in the “Sculpture and Ceramics Competition San Agustín de Avilés (Asturias).
2001 -  Honourable mention International Ceramics Competition of Saragossa.
2002 - “Gres de Valls award” in International Ceramics Competition of Manises.
2008 - First prize II biennial International Ceramics of Marratxí.
- First Prize in Ceramique 14 Paris.
2009 - 2009 Honorable mention International Ceramics Competition Kerameikon
- First Prize V bienal de Cerámica del Vendrell.
2010 - Grand Prize European Ceramic Context Ceramic Art Bornholm Art Museum Denmark.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
- Caja Madrid.
- Diputación de Aragón.
- Ayuntamiento de Burgos.
- Museo de la Rioja.
- Ayuntamiento de Zarauz.
- Ayuntamiento de Talavera de la Reina.
- Museo de Cerámica de Alcora.
- Museo de Cerámica de Manises.
- Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas.
- Ayuntamiento de Saragossa.
- Ayuntamiento de Esplugues.
- Ayuntamiento de Orense.
- Consejería de Obras Públicas de Logroño.
- Mino, Japón.
- CAI Saragossa.
- Consejería de Cultura de la Rioja.
- Museo El Torreón Haro.
- Diputación de Lugo.
- Colección Contemporanea de Cerámica de Varazdin Croacia. Fundación Wocef
- World Ceramic Exposition Foundation Corea. Escuela de Cerámica de Muel
- Ayuntamiento del Vendrell . Huara Huara Santiago de Chile.

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