Caroline Pera is a French/American artist, born in Milan, Italy in 1987. She studied at Central St. Martins in London and currently lives in Milan. Pera uses art and aestheticism in her portraits as a tool to research psychology and anthropology.
Growing up in a large family, drawing provided the young Pera with her own private world that offered both excitement and escape. This became almost like an active daydream and inspired her first collection - a series of utopian landscapes filled with surrealist objects.
Pera applies a quasi-scientific process to her paintings by collecting, documenting and amalgamating different elements of a subject’s character in order to create a puzzle- like portrait of them. Pera takes on the role of the anthropologist, integrating herself into a community in order to fully engage with her subjects and glean authentic visual information from them. Portraiture supplies Pera and indeed the viewer with an entire world of personal memories, emotions and stories.
Pera is discovering growing success, having had a number of solo exhibitions in the past few years in Milan, London and New York. In 2010 she was a finalist for the prestigious Deutsche Bank Awards.