Charles Perera

Type of Membership: 
FOLA Arts Member
Contact Information
Title: 
Artist/Photographer
Email: 
artro2@yahoo.com
Member Bio

Artist Profile: Sri Lankan/American Artist, Charles Indika Perera also known as “Artro2”was born and raised on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, who has been painting more than twenty years. Migrated to the United States bringing his award winning talents. His paintings mainly consists of mixed media with abstraction in mind. His artistic talents extend to art, poetry, songwriting, photography, movie screenwriting and acting. *Winner of the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, *Fine Arts Abstract Division: 2001/2002/2003&2004. *Winner of the International Poet of Merit Award 2001. *Honorary member of the International Society of Poets. *Selected nominee by the Governors Office for the Title of Poet Laureate for California. *Winner of the Prestigious Exceptional Performance Award from the Sri Lanka Foundation, in Los Angeles, California 2005. *City of Redondo Beach Mayor’s Commendation, 2008 for contributions to the arts. He could be contacted at: Artro2 6100, South Pacific Coast Highway, # 8, Redondo Beach, Ca 90277. Phone/Fax: 310-373-2820. Email: artro2@yahoo.com. Website: www.artro2.com Mission/Artist Statement: As an artist I capsulate a moment in time, through my eyes a thought trapped in my subconscious mind or a place I love. Bringing creativity to the beholder, by abstraction. Artist Resume Education: - 1990, Graduate from the Dimbullagala School of Art, Sri Lanka. - 1991, Graduate from the Trinity College of Music, Speech and Drama, London, England - 1989, Past Student of St. Josephs College, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka - 1999/2000, Apprentice to Maestro Reginald Pollack (1924 – 2001) - 2007, Graduate from El Camino College, California- In Gallery Management. Awards: - 2008, City of Redondo Beach Mayor’s Commendation for the contribution to the Arts in the city. - 2007, Diploma of Excellence- Online Globe Art Annual, London, England - 2003 to Present, Honorary Website City of Palm Desert, CA - 2005, Exceptional Performance Award- Sri Lanka Foundation, CA. - 2000, Poet of the Year- Society of Poets, USA Solo Exhibitions: - 2002, Stancky Gallery, Palm Springs, CA. - 2003, Adams Bay Home Collections, Palm Desert, CA - 2002-2004, Desert Art Center, Palm Springs, CA - 2004, Artesspresso Gallery, Idyllwild, CA - 2005, Peter Carter Private Showing- Cathedral City, CA - 2005, Artesspresso Gallery, Idyllwild, CA - 2006, Easy Reader News Paper Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA - 2006, C&D Welcome Café and Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, BY BRAZIL Restaurant, Torrance, CA - 2007, “Breakthrough” photography show at the C&D Welcome Café, Redondo Beach, CA. - 2007, The Potted Garden, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, Terra Bella Café, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, Peter’s Reality, Redondo Beach, CA - 2008, Torrance City Clerks Office, Torrance, CA - 2008, Knights of Columbus Hall 1990, Redondo Beach, CA - 2008, Pacific Unitarian Church, Palos Verdes, CA - 2008, Gerry High Gallery, Cathedral City, CA - 2008, “Retrospectives”, Redondo Beach Performing Art Center, Redondo Beach, CA Group Exhibitions: - 2003 & 2005 City Council, Palm Springs, CA-. - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005, Date Festival, Indio, CA. - - 2004 & 2005, Kaleidoscope, at the River in Rancho Mirage, CA - 2004 Snap Shot III, Palm Desert City Hall, CA. - 2004 Day of the Dead- Del Rio’s Restaurant, Palm Desert, CA - 2004 Sri Lanka Foundation Show, Los Angeles, CA - 2005 “We the People”, 3rd Annual Drum & Dance Festival, Riverside, CA - 2005 New York Film and Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. - 2005 Plein Air, Riverside, CA - 2006 “Hands on Art” Sammy’s Wood fired Pizza, Torrance, CA - 2006 Hermosa Beach Art Walk, Hermosa Beach, CA - 2006 “Artist on the Patio” Sammy’s Wood Fired Pizza, Torrance, CA - 2006 “The Power of Art” Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, “Art in Motion“, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, CA - 2007, “FOCUS SRI LANKA DAY “, Los Angeles, CA - 2007, “Art in Nature, Nature in Art”, Torrance, CA (The Madrona Marsh project) - 2007, Art Fair (Torrance Art Guild), Torrance, CA - 2007, “100 SUMMERS”, Hermosa Beach Art Walk, CA. - 2007, Tri Arts Festival, San Pedro, CA - 2007, Art & Architecture, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, “Art is Sweat”, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, Open Call LA - L. A. Municipal Art Gallery. - 2007, PALOS VERDES ART CENTER - All Media Juried Show, Palos Verdes, CA - 2007, “Creative Insanity”- Alex Haleigh Gallery- Group Showing, Gardena, CA - 2007, “Arousing Visual Intrigue” - C&D Welcome Café- Group Showing, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, “Small Wonders III”- Pharmaka Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. - 2007, “Artist by the Sea” - Redondo Beach, CA. - 2007, Barnsdall Art Market - Barnsdall Park, Hollywood, CA. - 2008, Emerging Artist Exhibit- D&D Gallery, San Pedro, CA. - 2008, El Camino Art Group- “Creative Frenzee”, Redondo Beach, CA. - 2008, El Camino Art Group- “Visual Stimulus”, Redondo Beach, CA. - 2008, Photo Savvy and Life’s Eyes Group- “Energetic Light”, El Camino College, Torrance, CA - 2008, “Spirit of the Horse” Juried Exhibit- PVAC, Palos Verdes, CA - 2008, “Summer Jam” Juried Exhibit- Summer Studios Arts Academy Lomita, CA - 2009, “Summer Jam” Juried Exhibit- Summer Studios Arts Academy Lomita, CA - 2009, “Spirit of the Horse” Juried Exhibit- Peggy Zask Gallery, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA - 2009, “Through the Ages” Juried Exhibit- Redondo Beach Art Group, Redondo Beach, CA - 2009, “Threesome” A photographic journey- C&D Welcome Café, Redondo Beach, CA - 2009, “Art of the Surf” Juried Exhibit- Peggy Zask Gallery, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA - 2009, “Pauls Photo- Easy Reader Photo Competition” Finalist, Torrance, CA - 2009, “Redondo Beach Home Tour” Special selection, Redondo Beach, CA - 2009, “Torrance Art Guild Juried Exhibit- Torrance Art Museum Torrance, CA - 2009, “Open Call” Barnsdall Gallery Juried Exhibit- Hollywood, CA - 2009, “Torrance Art Guild Library Exhibit I” Juried Exhibit- Torrance, CA - 2009, “Power of Art 2009” Juried Exhibit- Redondo Beach, CA - 2009, “Mechanical Eye” Juried Photography Exhibit- Cannery Row Studios, Redondo Beach, CA - 2009, “Torrance Art Guild Library Exhibit II” Juried Exhibit- Torrance, CA Museums: - 2007, “Two shoes for walking”- The American Museum of Beat Art, Permanent Collection Santa Ana, CA Private Collections: - 2008, Roger Barr – Palm Springs, CA - 2007, Jessie Gayden- Los Angeles, CA - 2006, Sue Wood - Redondo Beach, CA - 2005, Schani and Shane - Lake View Terrace, CA - 2004, Micheal Paduano-Palm Springs, CA - 2003, Kathy Calif – Irvine, CA. - 2002, Catherine and Tim Flynn - Desert Hot Springs, CA - 2001, Dr. Anthony Don Michael- Bakersfield, CA. Publications: - “Why - 2004 Collection of Poems”, USA Book Signing: - “Why” at Borders Book Store, Rancho Mirage, CA - “Why” at Artesspresso, Idyllwild, CA Donations/ Charity: - 2008, “Chalk it Up”- South Bay Hands on Art project, Alta Vista School, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, “Cooking for Dreams”- Benefiting the Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center, H.T Grill, Redondo Beach, CA - 2007, “Friends of the Redondo Beach Library” - 2007, “Kids Hand on Art “ - 2007, Redondo Beach Art Group. - 2007, Taste of the Bay, Redondo Beach, CA - 2006, Redondo Beach Art Group - 2005, Guide Dogs of the Desert - 2005, TIPS program of the Desert - 2005, Madame D’ Escoffoeir of the Desert - 2004, St. Theresa School, Palm Springs - 2004, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Palm Desert - 2003, The Samaritans for the Elderly, Palm Springs Radio Show: - 2005, Joey English, Palm Springs (Interview). Memberships: - 2007 to present Torrance Arts Guild. - 2005 to present Redondo Beach Art Group. - 2005 to present Redondo Beach Society of Poets - 2002 to present Coachella Valley Art Alliance - 2004 to present Palm Springs Desert Museum - 2003 to present Desert Actors Network Committees: - Sub Committee Poetry on the Sidewalk, City of Redondo Beach, CA - Sub Committee Member Public Art Commission, City of Redondo Beach, CA - Sub Committee Member Location Catalogue, City of Redondo Beach, CA - Sub Committee Member Guidelines and Vision, City of Redondo Beach, CA Readings: - 2008, “Celebrate Spring with a Pocket full of Poems”- Redondo Beach Library, CA

Art Member Profile
When did you start your arts career?: 
At the age of 9
Artist Catergory: 
Art

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