Nohemí Pérez

''The Forest’s Bedding (El lecho del bosque)''

With her intimate painterly style, Nohemí Pérez (b. 1962, Tibú, Colombia) depicts scenes that problematize the social and political issues of our time related to the natural world. In The Forest’s Bedding (El lecho del bosque), Pérez presents all new, large-scale works, specifically commissioned by SCAD MOA, in which she continues her exploration of what she calls “subjects at risk” or, in other words, endangered species. Magnificent tree specimens — drawn in charcoal and painted with astonishing dexterity on large, raw canvases — establish a dialogue with minuscule, almost imperceptible figures of birds, dogs, and human bodies brought to the fertile forests in her home country of Colombia by historic and current colonialism and armed conflicts. In this immersive experience of an epic dimension, Pérez raises awareness of the complex relations between humans and nature, with hope for more sustainable and harmonious ways to coexist.

Signature image for Nohemí Pérez exhibition
Nohemí Pérez, "Bosque No. 1 (Forest No. 1)," 2021, charcoal on canvas, 197 x 84 in. (500 x 213 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Instituto de Visión.

About the artist

Nohemí Pérez studied at the School of Fine Arts in Barranquilla, Colombia, and the Superior Academy of Arts of Bogotá. Theater and cinema have been formative influences on her development as an artist and continue to nourish her process. She has participated in group exhibitions at Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá; the Gilberto Álzate Avendaño Foundation, Bogotá; the Museum of Modern Art Cartagena; Galería Arteria, Barranquilla; Galería El Museo, Bogotá; and Galería Alonso Garcés, Bogotá. Pérez has presented the solo exhibitions Urbania at the Museum of Modern Art Cartagena, Without news of God and Noctámbula at Galería Alonso Garcés, The Place without limits at the cultural center of the University of Salamanca in Bogotá; and Catatumbo at NC-arte, Bogotá, and the Museum of Modern Art Barranquilla. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art Cartagena, Museum of Modern Art Barranquilla, and various private collections.

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Programs and events


The Forest’s Bedding (El lecho del bosque) is organized by SCAD MOA adjunct curator Humberto Moro.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty, and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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