Streamlined, sleek, geometrical forms with pure lines in glass, steel and concrete. While Europe struggled with the financial aftermath of the Second World War, North and South American countries were investing with new modernist architecture that looked forward to an optimistic prosperous and creative future. There is an astonishing amount of modernist architecture from the 1950′s and 60′s in Latin America, which is not known about here in the UK.
Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez was born into this post-war world in 1967, the era of the Swinging Sixties, and is famous for his semi-abstract paintings of iconic building such as the Seagram Building, the United Nations Building, the TWA Terminal and the Lever Building in New York and similar modernist buildings in Puerto Rico.
Now he has come indoors, painting interiors that lift the veil on key cultural figures of the time – artists, architects, musicians and collectors – including Elvis Presley, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Fred Hughes, Le Corbusier, Francis Bacon, Gianni & Marella Agnella and Jacques Doucet. These are private, cluttered, untidy spaces full of symbolism such as Andy Warhol’s prints and the Rolling Stones’ famous red lips while Perez opens a door into their lives, their identity and their environment in his exhibition ‘The Cinematic Self’ at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London.