Image is an abstracted painting of weather; oncoming storm/wildfire/or sunset inspired by California landscape and concerns of climate change.

Monica Perez Vega

Monica Perez Vega is an artist-curator and educator whose work explores ideas of uncertainty and adaptation.

She is originally from California, but has lived in Montreal, Amsterdam, London and currently Birmingham, UK. Her experiences of continually starting over have led to a process which investigates cycles of change.

Monica has an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art and a BFA in painting and drawing from the California College of the Arts. In 2016, she co-founded Hiraeth Magazine and Podcast and in 2020, she founded Small Works Art Gallery. Recent exhibitions include Beep Painting Biennial 2022 in Swansea/ Weary Harold at ASC Gallery in London 2022/ Wild Grapes at Unit 3 Project Space, London 2021/ ArtWorks Open 2020 at Barbican Arts Group Trust in London/ RBSA Prize Exhibition 2020 in Birmingham/ ‘To the Trees,’ solo exhibition at SUPA Gallery, Birmingham (Online).

Monica has experience teaching art to all ages. She taught IB Visual Art and Design for five years at the International School of Hilversum, Netherlands. She taught art and design at Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst. As an associate artist for Ikon Gallery, she led an after school art club with students at the Small Heath Leadership Academy in response to the Hew Locke commission. she also led Ikon’s first virtual Family Saturday Art Workshop during lockdown and facilitated an in-person outdoor workshop for adults. Additionally, in 2021, she was guest artist/ workshop leader for the Gallery 37 artist residency with Punch Records at Centrala Gallery in Birmingham.


Instagram: @monicaperezvega

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