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Meet Tomer Peretz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tomer Peretz.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tomer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I Grew up in Jerusalem, to a good family, but nothing related to Art there. I was painting and drawing throughout my childhood, mostly drawing at school, usually when the teacher was talking. I didn’t really show off my work because it wasn’t the coolest thing in my environment. It was much cooler to be a good succor player for example.

At the age of 18 -22 I was enlisted in the Israeli military, which is mandatory. I think my personality has been shaped there, but I didn’t paint or drew there, I was busy fighting and trying to stay alive haha.

Right after my military service I traveled to South America for almost a year and started to paint again; created murals in Buenos Aires in some motel and the creative hunger for it started there.

Los Angeles was supposed to be just a stop between South America and India, but I fell in love with LA, so I stayed. I was painting every minute I could between jobs. My paintings started to sell and as the years went by I did different projects like public art and sculptures and lots of private portrait commissions. My technic has been changed a few times and it took me a while to find my way, I think I’m still looking for it actually haha.

Has it been a smooth road?
No it wasn’t smooth at all, I’m one of those people that have to work extremely hard to get what they want in life, I got in trouble a few times and I was living on the edge too, I was very naive when I arrived in LA, I got into very complicated situations in my first couple of years in LA.

I didn’t have money and was in survival mode for a few years.

We’d love to hear more about your work
I’m a conceptual artist, painter, and photographer. Painting lead me to photography and I have been working in new and different mediums for the past seven years.

I’ve build my career slowly and I started to invest in different businesses as well, just because I wanted to have other sources of income.

I’m represented by Giancarlo Pedrazzini in Milan, Italy at the reputable Fabbrica Eos gallery, and I just got back from my exhibition there. Never in my wildest dreams, I thought that I will be showing with such major contemporary artists such as Paolo Troilo and Fabio Giampietro. This is a big honor for me!

What sets me apart from others I think is my process and technic. I paint people who are dear to me and who affect my life. Some of them are artists and I always try to show a different perspective of that person. I spend some time with them, I document them, sometimes even go to their house/ city and spend a few days there just to get inspired, then I take a few photos and choose one of the photos to paint from.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love LA very much and I associate it with my success. I think LA has a special energy to it and it’s not a coincidence that people from all over the world come here and try to make it. I love that there are people here from all over the world, it sometimes feels like no one is from here and I relate to that. I think it’s a city of outsiders.

I don’t like that people like to hate on LA, saying that we have no culture here. I think we have so many creative people in our city!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3822 W Jefferson blvd
  • Website: www.tomerperetz.com
  • Phone: 323-208-8097
  • Email: marina@tomerperetz.com
  • Instagram: @TomerPeretzArt


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Tomer Peretz

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