Elle Pérez MFA ’15 at 59th Venice Biennale

Elle Pérez is is one of 5 Yale artists being featured at the 59th exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Since receiving their MFA from Yale School of Art in 2015, Pérez has worked primarily in photography, depicting the intimate moments, emotional exchanges, and visceral details of their subjects and landscapes.

Based in the Bronx, Pérez lives and works in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include: Host, 2021, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; from sun to sun (2019), Public Art Fund, New York; and Diablo (2018), MoMA PS1, New York. Perez’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Renaissance Society, Chicago; Barbican Centre, London; Brooklyn Musuem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. They are an Assistant Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University and have also taught at the Yale School of Art, Cooper Union, and Williams College. They were a Dean at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from 2016 to 2021.

See some of Perez’s recent work at this Art21 article.

The 59th exhibition of the Venice Biennale opens April 23rd. On April 21st, the Yale Alumni Art League and the Yale School of Art will hold a reception and talk in celebration of alumni and faculty featured in the exhibition. Register here. 

For a full list of artists at the exhibition, visit here.