On Enoc Perez

On Enoc Perez

Highlighting the artist's practice and newly released edition with ART FOR CHANGE

Enoc Perez hand-embellishing his print Dorado Beach Pool, 2024. Image courtesy of the artist.

Take a closer look at New York-based artist Enoc Perez’s newest limited edition print, Dorado Beach Pool, which is now available for purchase at artforchange.com

Enoc Perez is a critically acclaimed artist, best known for paintings of modernist buildings which he began creating during the 1990s. These compositions employ a technique that recalls printmaking traditions—in which preparatory drawings, based on both original photographs and popular reproductions, are applied with oil sticks and pressed onto canvas surfaces.


Dorado Beach Pool, 2024
24 x 19 inches
Archival Pigment Print

Limited edition of 10
Hand-embellished, signed and numbered by the artist

Limited edition of 20 with 5AP + 1PP
Signed and numbered by the artist

Dorado Beach Pool stems from a recent body of work inspired by the paradisiacal settings of the Caribbeans—and, more specifically, the ways that they have been marketed through resort brochures and travel catalogs. Amassed over time, these promotional images become visual fodder for the artist, who mines the ways in which the locale has been sold as a fantasy to both foreigners and locals alike. Perez’s work centers on Dorado, a town in northern Puerto Rico populated by luxurious hotels and mansions. Detailed by shadowy lines that insinuate the soft movement caused by a tropical breeze, the image centers on a swimming pool surrounded by umbrellas that provide shade to a presumed, though unseen, elite. In this way, the image offers a critique on capitalist exploitations of the island territory, while simultaneously celebrating its beauty. 


Detail images of Enoc Perez’s Dorado Beach Pool (2024).

Enoc Perez pictured with his print, Dorado Beach Pool, 2024. Image courtesy of the artist.


Enoc Perez (b. 1967, San Juan, Puerto Rico) moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 1986 and received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Hunter College. Perez has had solo exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, and UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles. He has been featured in group exhibitions including Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, Studio Museum in Harlem, Queens Museum of Art, and El Museo del Barrio, New York; City Self, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Dear Painter, Paint Me . . . , Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Undiscovered Country, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Variable Dimensions: Artists and Architecture, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris. His works are in the collections of the British Museum, London; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and other institutions. Perez lives and works in New York City.

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