A short biography

I was born in Los Angeles but relocated to North Carolina at a young age and remain considerably influenced by my experiences growing up there. In particular I was shaped by the musical culture I encountered in the form of gospel, blues, rock and bluegrass music. My first formal art lessons were thanks to the intervention of concerned church ladies who took me outside to practice sketching landscapes– a passtime which I still enjoy today.

I received an A.B. in Political Science and Studio Art from Stanford University in 1982. As a student I was exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints and opinions about art, philosophy and politics. One of the most influential classes I took was a German Lit class focused on Nietzsche taught by professor Russell Berman. I also became intersted in publishing and gained experience working for the campus humor magazine, the Standford Chaparral. I put together my own publication, Nihl Magazine, and did a summer internship at WET Magazine in the summer of 1981.

In 1987, affter a sporadic career as a freelance graphic designer, I was admitted into UCSD's Visual Art MFA program. It was a valuable experience but it left me disillusioned with academic art and so I went in search of a community that I could contribute my time and energy to. From 1993–1997 I served as Assistant Curator at the Centro Cultural de la Raza where I curated Plan 9 from Aztlan and other exhibits focused on Chicana/o aesthetics and cultural issues.

Throughout the 1990s I worked on developing an array of unique artistic practices including motography in which recycled motor oil is used for fine art printmaking. I also developed a number of interactive artworks using tape loops, motion detectors and sound collages. These works were done in collaboration with Randall Evans and were featured in the Off Broadway Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2000.

From 2000–2002 I was graphics specialist at the Interactive Cognition Lab at UC San Diego, where I worked with Dr. David Kirsh who is well known for his research on the cognitive aspects of web design. The outcome of his experiences at the Lab was the launch of Apollo13Art.com, a site devoted to multimedia learning and the research and development of my artistic ideas.

From 2001 – 2004 I operated Ice Gallery in San Diego as a space for contemporary art. Ice Gallery was the scene of many events including fotoaktions, art exhibitions, fundraisers as well as performances. The gallery was located in a former dry ice factory in San Diego's North Park neighborhood.

In 2003 I created the 

Keep on Crossin' Project in collaboration with Victor Payan.

In 2008 I produced a a documentary film, Fotoaktion! about the life and work of artist Dois "Boris" Berman.

From 2010-2013 I collaborated with the Border Corps, a group of artists, performers and musicians who specialize in multimedia-based performances focused on the cultural and aesthetic concerns of Border Art.

In recent years I have begun to focus on oil painting.

In 2010 I joined the Board of Directors at The New Children's Museum in San Diego.

Beginning in 2005, I have taught courses in painting, life drawing, design and printmaking at Southwestern Community College.

Born 

Los Angeles, CA

Education

  • 1990 M.F.A. Visual Art/Painting, University of California San Diego at La Jolla, CA
  • 1982 A.B., Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Professional Experience

2005-Present Associate Professor of Art, Southwestern College, CA
2002-2004 Assistant Professor of Art, National University, San Diego, CA
2000-2002, Adjunct Professor, National University, San Diego, CA
2000-2002, Teaching Assistant/ Interactive Cognition Lab Cognitive Science Department, University of California San Diego at La Jolla, CA
1991-1999, Illustrator, Positive Publishing, La Jolla, CA

Awards and Acknowledgments

2013-2014 Irvine Foundation Grant, Mass Creativity Day, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA
2013 NALAC Fund for the Arts
2008 NALAC Fund for the Arts

Selected exhibitions

2014

  • Open Walls Project, San Diego, CA
  • The Gates of Heck, Art San Diego
  • Attunement, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
  • Object Object!, Helmuth Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • Borders-Bridges, Neu West Berlin Gallery, Berlin
  • The Gates of Heck, Canvas Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • Lure, Mesa College, San Diego, CA
  • New Works on Paper, MRKT, San Diego, CA

2013

  • Object! Object!, Helmuth Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • The Very Large Array, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
  • The Gates of Heck, San Diego Museum of Art, CA

2012

  • X-Emanation of the Virgin, Roots Factory, San Diego, CA    
  • The Border Corps Savings & Loan, San Diego Museum of Art, CA

2011

  • Mexus Sexus Fluxus, University Art Gallery, UCSD La Jolla
  • Mexus Sexus Fluxus, San Diego Museum of Art, CA 
  • San Diego Museum of Art, CA
  • The Gates of Heck, San Diego Museum of Art, CA

2010

  • Here Not There, MCA San Diego
  • Coatlicue Mi Amor, Agitprop Space, San Diego
  • Animal Aktion, New Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA
  • La Vida Drawing Aktion, San Diego Museum of Art, CA
  • La Vida Drawing Aktion, Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA

2009

  • Controverse, Southwestern, Chula Vista, CA
  • Coatlicue Mi Amor, Agitprop Space, San Diego
  • Homing In, Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2008

  • TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art*, Weatherspoon     Museum, UNC Greensboro
  • The Future of Nations, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica
  • P.L.A.T.O, El Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego

2007

  • TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art*, Memorial Gallery, University of Rochester
  • Delirium Fronterium, Sweeney Art Gallery, UC-Riverside, Riverside
  • Espacifico, Voz Alta Project, San Diego, CA 
  • The Human Age, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista
  • RE:UNION C/S, Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego    

2006

  •     TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art*, MCA San Diego 
  • Keep on Crossin’, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
  •     2005
  •     Southern Exposure, MCA San Diego
  •     Borderless Dreams, Oceanside Museum of Art
  • What's Not to Love?, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco

2004        

  • Trienial Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe,*  San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • The O.C., 2004 California Biennial,  Orange County Museum of Art        
  • Dialogue: The Art of Conversation,*  Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica Community College
  • Chicana/o,*  University of California San Diego
  • Chicano Visions FotoAktion, MCA San Diego

2003        

  • Crossings, MCA San Diego
  • The Keep on Crossin Awards,  ICE Gallery, San Diego 
  • Up Our Sleeves,  Insallah Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA (traveling)
  • Keep on Crossin’,  Voz Alta Gallery, San Diego, CA

2000        

  • Off Broadway: New Art from Downtown San Diego, MCA San Diego

1999        

  • Space Invaders,  Sushi Performance Space, San Diego
  • Plan Nine from Aztlan II,  Calles y Suenos, Chicago, Il
  • Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition,  Athenaeum Art and Music Library, La Jolla, CA First Prize

1997        

  • Are We Touched? Identities from Outer Space,*  Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA

1996        

  • Alien Attack: Outer Visions in Popular,  Virus Gallery, San Diego, CA

1995        

  • Plan 9 from Aztlan,  Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA

1994        

  • Third Annual Juried Exhibition,  Athenaeum Art and Music Library, La Jolla, CA First Prize

1993        

  • Peculiar Painting,  Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

1992    

  • El Mestizaje,  Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA

Performances/Presentations

2013

  • The Gates of Heck, Summer Break: Double Portraits, San Diego Museum of Art, CA 

  • Mass Creativity Day, the New Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA

  • An Artist’s Perspective, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

 2012

  • Border Corps Savings & Loan: Come and Get It! Summer Salon: Beyond the Banner, San Diego Museum of Art, CA

  • Perspectives: Mexican-American Art Today, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

2011

  • Mexus Sexus Fluxus, University Art Gallery, UC San Diego, CA

  • Ex-Emanation of the Virgin, Roots Factory, San Diego, CA

2010

  • Roque the Belle Epoque, Summer Salon, San Diego Museum of Art

  • Coatlicue, Mi Amor, Agitprop Space, San Diego, CA

2007

  • Best of TNT Fotoaktion, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

2003

  • Keep on Crossin’ Awards, ICE Gallery, San Diego, CA 

Publications

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits, catalogue published by the San Diego Museum of Art, 2013
Agitprop Blog, contributing editor, 2011-2013
Other Ideas Zine, published by Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2012
Art is Dead/Art is Alive Zine, published by The Border Corps Press, 2010 
Drift, San Diego City Works Press, 2007
Transactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, catalogue published by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2007
Ten Days Inside Guillermo Gomez-Pena’s Performance Art Boot Camp, self-published, 2007
Hobart: Another Literary Journal, Vol 6., 2006
Sunshine Noir/ Writing from San Diego and Tijuana, San Diego City Works Press, 2003
Are We Touched? Identities From Outer Space, catalogue published by Huntington Beach Art Center, 1997
Nihl: The Magazine of Neo-Negativity in a Post-Positive World, Publisher, Stanford University, 1982
Stanford Chaparral, Art Director, 1979-1981 1979-1981

Selected Curatorial Credits

Neil Shigley: Invisible People, Southwestern College Art Gallery, 2012, Chula Vista, CA
Silfredo La O Vigo: New Paintings, Southwestern College Art Gallery, 2011 , Chula Vista, CA
CONTROverse: Contemporary Visions of the U.S./Mexico Border, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA, 2010
Alien Attack: Outer Visions in Popular Art, Virus Gallery, San Diego, 1996
Plan 9 From Aztlan, El Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA, 1995

Selected Bibliography

“Behind the Scenes with Perry Vasquez” by Leah Peterson, UT San Diego, March 7, 2012
“A Case for Recruiting Artist Board Members” by Shawnee Barton, UT San Diego, December 4, 2012
“Coatlicue, Mi Amor” by Richard Gleaves, Agitprop Blog, March 8, 2010
“The Image Collector”, by Katherine Sweetman, San Diego Citybeat, February 24, 2009
"Keep on Crossin’: A Meditation on Cultural Miscegenation” by Philip Auslander, The Art Section, May 2008
“Bordering on Politics”, by Robert Pincus, UT San Diego, September 17, 2006
“Spotlight on Perry Vasquez”, by Daniel Olivas, November 13, 2006
“Perry Vasquez: A Local Artist Maintaining Outside the Box” by Geneva Gamez, La Prensa, May 21, 2004

Filmography

Fotoaktion! Producer of a documentary film about the life and work of Austrian-American photographer Doris Boris Berman, 2008

Professional Development

NCM Strategic Planning Retreat 2012-2014
La Pocha Nostra Performance Art Workshop 2007
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, 2003 Leadership Institute

Community Engagement and Volunteerism

Stanford University Alumni-of-Color Club
Board of Trustees, New Children’s Museum, San Diego
Museum School, Board of Directors, San Diego
Director of the Museum School Annual Art Auction
MCASD Think Tank
Arts Advisory Committee, El Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego
Arts Advisory Committee, Spruce Street Forum

Assistant Curator, El Centro Cultural de la Raza

Grants and Awards

NALAC Grant Recipient
Irvine Foundation Grant for Mass Creativity Day at the New Children’s Museum
NALAC Grant Recipient
Russell Grant, UCSD

Permanent Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Sweeney Art Gallery
Laguna Beach Art Museum