Javier Peres is a Cuban-born art dealer who has helped define contemporary art in the last decade. Founder of the world-renowned “Peres Projects” gallery, which has been located in Los Angeles, Athens and now Berlin, he catapulted names like Terence Koh, Dan Colen, Bruce LaBruce and Dash Snow to the top of the art world. More recently, he presented James Franco’s debut solo show and he has also started producing his own art with a series of realistic paintings of the late 90’s cult actor River Phoenix. Here, Peres confesses that he sleeps with photos of his mother next to him, talks about his obsession with alcohol and drugs and says he cried while answering our questions!
What is your favourite fantasy? Personal freedom. What would your ideal day be like? In a constant state of meditation. Where would you most like to be right now? I am most happy here in Berlin. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Bill Wilson and Pablo Picasso. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? My mother. If you could edit your past, what would you change? Omg, this is a tough one, a part of me would love to change my life from age 12 to 39, but then I don’t know where I would be know, and I am grateful for what I have, event he bad things, I am grateful for them too. What piece of art would you most like to own? I would love to own a large Lucio Fontana painting from the series he made between Venice and New York which where most recently shown at the Guggenheim Foundation in Venice, those gorgeous ones on copper. How often do you have sex? I’m currently celibate. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Staying alive as long as I have. What is your greatest regret? Not having seen the light sooner. Which artists do you most admire? I admire a lot of different artists, for different reasons. What is the last thing you bought? I bought myself flowers yesterday. When did you last cry, and why? I cried this morning, I was listening to a lecture online and something the speaker said touched me and helped me get grounded and before I knew it I was crying like a baby…I also just cried as I was typing my responses to your questions. What is your most unappealing habit? I have a lot of bad habits, and I try to work on correcting one at a time, one day at a time. Currently, my main thing is learning to be more organized but I think it will take me the rest of my natural life to correct my lack of organization. What is your greatest obsession? Well, I’m currently working on ending my obsession for alcohol and other drugs; it will likely take the rest of my life to fully overcome it but so far so good. How do you relax? I meditate as often as I can, usually between 3 to 5 times daily. What is your most treasured possession? I have 2 small photos of my mother, I either carry them with me or most recently, I have started to sleep next to them. What is your guiltiest pleasure? Sweets, I eat sugary sweets constantly all day, every day. What is the most important item in a man’s wardrobe? A black leather jacket. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Like and you know, oh and dude. What is your best childhood memory? I don’t have any. What would your motto be? One day at a time. What does freedom mean to you? Being happy in my own skin and just living a simple life. What do you do to make this planet a better place? Right now, my main aim is just to limit my own bad behaviours so I don’t hurt others, but in the long run, I would like to be able to help my family and those around me to live the life they dream of living. How would you like to be remembered? As a good brother to my beloved brothers, a good son to my parents/grandparents and a worthy and valued friend to my close friends.
Text: Sol Marinozzi
Photos: Natalia Mora