Monica Perez Vega is originally from California but lives and works in London.
Her paintings are imbued with the dazzling colour saturation of Californian skies and the landscapes of her homeland, but often hint at a more unsettled environment. During lockdown the artist was drawn to the stillness and stabilities of trees, in the face of the global turmoil that society faced. Trees and skies have become a central motif in Vega’s work - symbolising the transience of time contrasted with the stability and rootedness of trees and stumps. They also evoke the artist’s sense of displacement and a sense of otherworldliness pervades the canvases, hinting at an intriguing sense of disparity and dystopia.
“All things in nature must adapt to the uncontrollable elements forced upon them and I am seeking to capture that which is on the verge of either renewal or collapse. Amid the relentless story of progress and the ever-changing state of all things, I look to nature for signs of hope; of a promise of return” – Monica Perez Vega.
Monica completed her MFA at Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2019. In 2023 she was shortlisted for The Hari Art Prize, one of 17 artists selected out of over 1000 applications.