Born in San Juan in 1967, Enoc Perez first took painting lessons at the age of eight. As the son of an art critic, he spent family vacations traveling to museums in different countries and learning about the history of art.
In 1986, he moved to New York to study painting at the Pratt Institute before earning his master's degree at Hunter College. Finding himself at odds with the program at Hunter, where students and faculty criticized his paintings as overly seductive and decorative, he maintained his belief in the importance of the aesthetics and pleasure in art. Embracing art's potential for pleasure and beauty, Mr. Perez paints sensuous nudes, still lifes, tropical resorts, and modern architectural icons in a sleek aesthetic with dazzling, vibrant colors.
He is best known for his paintings of modernist buildings that nostalgically capture the utopian ambitions and optimism that inspired their construction.