Denver, b.1965

John Peralta

John A. Peralta is a self-taught artist whose unconventional style of sculpture incorporates iconic mechanical objects and high-tech materials to produce astonishingly beautiful and complex representations. His interpretation of what is known in engineering terms as the exploded diagram, is truly original and demonstrates his extraordinary imagination, technical expertise, and inventiveness.

John is a native of New Mexico. His family’s roots date back to the second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, who founded the city of Santa Fe in 1607. And although he now lives in Austin Texas, his New Mexico family and heritage remain major influences on his life and work.

From his mid‐teens through his mid‐twenties John lived in communes where he developed practical self‐reliance and a love for the natural world. He then spent more than...

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Biography

John A. Peralta is a self-taught artist whose unconventional style of sculpture incorporates iconic mechanical objects and high-tech materials to produce astonishingly beautiful and complex representations. His interpretation of what is known in engineering terms as the exploded diagram, is truly original and demonstrates his extraordinary imagination, technical expertise, and inventiveness.

John is a native of New Mexico. His family’s roots date back to the second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, who founded the city of Santa Fe in 1607. And although he now lives in Austin Texas, his New Mexico family and heritage remain major influences on his life and work.

From his mid‐teens through his mid‐twenties John lived in communes where he developed practical self‐reliance and a love for the natural world. He then spent more than 20 years living abroad and traveling throughout East Asia, India, Africa, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

For most of his professional career John worked in corporate and educational fields. He served as Executive Director of International Affairs at UCLA, where he was responsible for the university’s global advancement. Prior to that, he lived seven years in Hong Kong where he founded Global Philanthropic, an international consulting firm that advises universities, non-profit organizations, and governments on strategic management issues.

Some of his earliest memories are of he and his brother pulling their red wagon around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, collecting broken radios, televisions, tape players – anything they could get their hands on – opening them up to see what made them work. As a teen, he spent a lot of time sketching with pencil and charcoal very detailed drawings. He was especially inspired by the mind-bending work of M.C. Escher. Says John, “I loved the way he broke all the rules of geometry, symmetry and mechanics and created his own.”

He received no formal training in the arts, and it wasn’t until his thirties that he found his true creative voice. His interests are in visual and textural contrasts, motion, mechanics, space, time, and the use of bold colors. His influences include cubist artists like Metzinger and Picasso.

Artworks

4

Baldafix (Balda “Baldafix” Folding Bellows Camera (c. 1954)), 2016

Related Categories

21st Century Art / American Art / Art and Technology / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary American Art / Denver / Everyday Objects / Inventiveness / Latex / Machines/Mechanics / Movement / Sculpture / Self Taught Artist / Steel / United States / Wood

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Goerge Billis Gallery, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2017

    Duo Exhibition, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

  • 2016

    Mechanations Solo Exhibition, Hilton | Asmus Gallery, Chicago, IL

Collections

  • Fender Musical Instruments Corp., Los Angeles, CA

  • Works held in private collections: Texas, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Virginia 

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Goerge Billis Gallery, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2017

    Duo Exhibition, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

  • 2016

    Mechanations Solo Exhibition, Hilton | Asmus Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • Mechanations Solo Exhibition, Cinq Gallery, Dallas TX 

  • Group Exhibition, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles CA

  • Solo Exhibition, National Association of Music Merchants International Convention with Fender Musical Instruments Co., Anaheim, CA

  • 2015

    Group Exhibition, Cinq Gallery, Dallas, TX

  • Group Exhibition, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX

Collections

  • Fender Musical Instruments Corp., Los Angeles, CA

  • Works held in private collections: Texas, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Virginia