We had the good fortune of connecting with Tomer Peretz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tomer, what are you inspired by?
What’s most inspiring to me, especially now is how people react to certain events that are happening around us. I feel moved by the contrast that there is going in life. Lately I woke up and saw how the system that we’ve been controlled by is so corrupt and that they put themselves a mask to be good and helpful to all the people. We are controlled by the higher power and we walk around like sheeps. I am inspired by showing the truth and what I’m seeing. The way I show this is through my art and my next upcoming show “Welcome to America”.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I don’t consider myself someone that belongs to a scene. I am a little bit of everything/everywhere. Im inspired by other artists. I feel like this is something other people should answer me. I create art from my own stories and perspectives of things. I don’t think I’ve reached my life goals yet. I think I have a very long way to say I am a successful artist, although I am happy with where I am at. I am happy with my process. What I am most happy about that I can sustain my art life with my family life and other ventures. I think I am proud of the freedom I have to create. I’m a very independent artist and I do not belong to any specific art community. I believe the highest art world is a very closed and cold society that is all about money. I am glad that I am not apart of it. I always have challenges and when you have a passion to achieve something, you always find a creative way to overcome it. Creating can be very stressful especially since I create from my stomach and not my brain that I don’t think too much when I create.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them first to Bel Aire and Malibu. Then right away I would take them to see Skid Row. I would show them how the city is extremely diverse. Could be beautiful, amazing but yet so sad. I will show them the contrast in life as the same way I show the contrast in my paintings. Anyone who comes to visit me knows me and knows what they are about to see. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give credit to my friend Asaf. He’s an incredible artist/painter. He taught me a lot during my journey. We painted together for many years, a lot of collaborations. His artistic techniques and mind are very different. He showed me many ways of how to achieve my goals. I didn’t go to school so he was sort of my trainer and taught me many things that I know. He learned from an artist master and I felt like I learned from a master. I don’t paint with his technique but I use some of them in my paintings.
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