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Na’ye Perez: What You Know Bout Love…

Painted streetscapes that embrace resilience and depict Black presence through intimacy, love, and care.


Jan 29 - Aug 28, 2022

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Na’ye Perez, Sunsets In Harlem, 2019

Titled after the Pop Smoke song, this work can be viewed as an ode to the meteoric rise of the hip hop star and his recent tragic death at the age of 20; yet this large scale landscape is instead the backdrop, speaking to the overlooked, the everyday, the celebration of life that gives rise to musicians like Pop and his Hip Hop style, Brooklyn Drill. Perez’s artistic process often references Hip Hop through the remixing or sampling found materials like Backwoods, Swishers Sweets, MTA cards, archival photographs as well as sand sourced from Coney Island. These coded materials and symbols of Black culture are layered within the painted streetscape, revealing further depth underneath the blocks of color. Like Pop’s personal narrative, these everyday streetscapes embrace resilience and depict Black presence through intimacy, love and care. This painting is dedicated to the many communities of Brooklyn that influenced the artist, in this case the Flatbush neighborhood.


Na’ye Perez (he/him) is a painting and mixed-media artist living in Brooklyn by way of Columbus Ohio. He has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at Regular Normal Gallery, NY; Community Folk Art Center, Inc., Syracuse, NY; 129 Gallery, Columbus, OH. His residencies include New Wave, Miami, FL; The Shed’s DISOBEY, and Pratt Institute’s Project 3rd, both in NY.