Born in Liberia, West Africa, Perry moved to the United States when he was ten years (10) old and learned welding through is job, while performing his task as a steel fabricator. Looking to his faith for inspiration, Perry was stimulated by an early mentor, Jung Park an older Korean artist. Park challenged Perry to create works of art in metal, and after a genuine mentor mentee relationship, Perry collaborated with Park on several projects that sold successfully to collectors in the marketplace giving Perry increased inspiration, drive and motivation to continue learning the craft.
Perry later became a fulltime artist on his own after receiving an enthusiastic response to his work from the community of collectors in Philadelphia and New York City. Since then, he has participated, and in some cases on request, in art shows across the North East regions of the United State, as well as been featured in the Philadelphia media on several occasions, namely CBS Philly and in numerous publications. Perry’s work has been on display in most local galleries, with more than one hundred (100) of his pieces shown in private collections nationally and internationally. He continues to receive commissions for his work on a regular basis and has graced the showroom floors across the U.S., specifically the International Fine Art Expo in NYC, one of the more prestigious and recognized shows of its kind.
Perry has been honored with several awards for his work and recently, he was selected as one of only thirty eight (38) artists worldwide to exhibit at the first annual International Contemporary Christian Art show in conjunction with the Vatican’s Global 2011 event in Madrid, Spain. Due to his participation in this exhibit, he has been featured in media in almost every major language in the world. The Vatican’s exhibit is currently on tour in Europe through 2012.
Perry knows first hand about struggle and sacrifice from his early years in Liberia. He continues to use his experiences now, some twenty five (25) years later in his own studio in Philadelphia; cutting, pounding and bending what will mature into beautiful works of art, breathing life into projects that will become a significant part of other people’s enjoyment for years to come.