Today we’d like to introduce you to Tomer Peretz.
Tomer, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Started to paint when I was around 14 years old, I was mainly drawing for my self and didn’t really show it, most of the people around was not aware of it. My professional career started when I was 23, after 4.5 years at the IDF (Israeli defense forces) and almost a year of traveling in South America, I moved to LA, where I started to pursuit my Art career.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course not, I come from a very avg family and they couldn’t support my financial art process, so I had to work in many jobs in order to create and show my work, I realized that I need a lot of money in order to move forward. I’m a type of person that all the “interesting” things in life happen to him, I want it so hard so it made me do many moves without thinking and I got in trouble so many times on the way to success.
I didn’t go to Art school so I had to learn technics and anything else by my self, The Artworld is the most closed community ever, very hard to get into an Art scene as an emigrant who doesn’t come from the Art World, The ” big people” up there don’t accept you right away, and you have to prove yourself so many times until someone will listen to you or just look at your work. I’m gonna ruin your knowledge about the Art world is portrayed to be very welcoming vibe, but its a lie!!! It’s very hard to be welcome in this world.
Please tell us more about your art.
I mainly would like to talk about things: My studio – Ouro Studio: An amazing space where I have more artists who rent a smaller spaces and create all together. It’s an art collective where we have lots of different shows, concerts, and underground small events. My last Art project called “Portrait in 15 minutes” when I paint special people in 15 minutes on 10-foot canvas live on IG while I’m talking to them and interview them. How did it start?
COVID hit and all of a sudden people were stuck at home. Tomer was missing the nightlife and party scene, and he kept hearing from his friends that they were feeling bored and isolated. He thought, “Why don’t I invite everyone to gather at my studio like I used to do before the shutdown, but this time through Instagram?” The result was a difficult painting challenge where viewers could see a painting come together quickly AND get a glimpse into the private lives of his guests who happen to be public figures. He has since had these quarantine get-togethers with Tsahi Halevi (Fauda), Alejandro Edda (Narcos), Symon of Sirus XM, International known Designer Karim Rashid, Jonathan Davis from KORN, Inbar Lavi (Lucifer, Imposters, Prison Break…), Guy Pines, Tattoo Artist DotsToLines, Photographer Ziv Koren, Magnus Walker, professor Yoram Lass and many more to come.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up in Jerusalem was very fun. Playing at the street all day, mostly sports. I grew up in South East Jerusalem where the core of the Israeli conflict is at.
- Address: 3822 W Jefferson Ave, Los Angeles CA
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