John A. Peralta is a self-taught artist whose unconventional style of sculpture incorporates iconic mechanical objects and high-tech materials to produce astonishingly beautiful and complex representations. His interpretation of what is known in engineering terms as the exploded diagram, is truly original and demonstrates his extraordinary imagination, technical expertise, and inventiveness.
John is a native of New Mexico. His family’s roots date back to the second Spanish governor, Don Pedro de Peralta, who founded the city of Santa Fe in 1607. And although he now lives in Austin Texas, his New Mexico family and heritage remain major influences on his life and work.
From his mid‐teens through his mid‐twenties John lived in communes where he developed practical self‐reliance and a love for the natural world. He then spent more than 20 years living abroad and traveling throughout East Asia, India, Africa, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
For most of his professional career John worked in corporate and educational fields. He served as Executive Director of International Affairs at UCLA, where he was responsible for the university’s global advancement. Prior to that, he lived seven years in Hong Kong where he founded Global Philanthropic, an international consulting firm that advises universities, non-profit organizations, and governments on strategic management issues.
Some of his earliest memories are of he and his brother pulling their red wagon around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, collecting broken radios, televisions, tape players – anything they could get their hands on – opening them up to see what made them work. As a teen, he spent a lot of time sketching with pencil and charcoal very detailed drawings. He was especially inspired by the mind-bending work of M.C. Escher. Says John, “I loved the way he broke all the rules of geometry, symmetry and mechanics and created his own.”
He received no formal training in the arts, and it wasn’t until his thirties that he found his true creative voice. His interests are in visual and textural contrasts, motion, mechanics, space, time, and the use of bold colors. His influences include cubist artists like Metzinger and Picasso.
John is currently represented by Galerie Goutal in France, George Billis Gallery in New York, Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles, Cinq Gallery in Dallas, and Gerald Peters Projects in Santa Fe. He has had major exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Austin and Santa Fe. Commissions for private collectors and corporate clients are also a significant part of his work.
American, born in 1965
Fender Musical Instruments Corp., Los Angeles, CA
Works held in private collections: Texas, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Virginia
2018 Georges Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Sculpture Object Functional Art and Design, Chicago
2018 Machina, Peters Projects Contemprary Gallery, Santa Fe
2018 Coil and Catch, Cinq Gallery, Dallas
2017 Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX
2017 Mechanations Solo Exhibition, Hilton | Asmus Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 Mechanations Solo Exhibition, Cinq Gallery, Dallas TX
2016 Group Exhibition, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2016 Solo Exhibition, National Association of Music Merchants International
2016 Convention with Fender Musical Instruments Co., Anaheim, CA
2015 Cinq Gallery, Dallas, TX
2015 Wally Workman Gallery, Austin TX
Whitehot Magazine, 2018
SciArt Magazine, 2018
My Modern Met, 2018
Art of the TILES, 2018
Just Luxe, 2018
Aether Magazine, feature, Rachel Stephens, July 2017
Paparo, Alexis: “Scultori Di Suoni”, How to Spend It (Italian Edition), April 2017, p. 37‐38
Wake, Matt: “Fender Guitars Has a New Home in the Heart of Hollywood”, La Weekly, September 2016
Wade, Chase: “Atypical Art”, Dallas Style & Design, Summer 2016, p. 60‐62 Dallas Style Magazine (on‐line), feature, Spring 2016
Modern Dallas TV, feature interview, February 2016