Peru Dyer Jalea aka. Peru 143
Trained in both, traditional and digital art, and taking from his 15 years experience painting graffiti, Peru found his calling as a graphic artist and muralist. While still distancing himself from labels and limitations, he continues to explore his imagination through different media.
“You can’t take yourself too seriously, especially when you’re young and have so much to learn”.
Inspired by his travels and cultural background, Peru playfully combines pre-Columbian and Haida motifs while applying techniques he learned in academia, as well as the many styles he picked up in the streets of the three continents he has lived in.
Recently, Peru’s work has been driven by the theme of ‘home’, what it means to each of us and himself. Having grown up travelling throughout Peru’s exotic extremes – as his father was a dirt-bike racer – he grew to appreciate nature and it allowed his imagination to run free. “We take our imagination for granted”, he says. In many ways, his recent work is both an examination and a celebration of the feeling of ‘home’ he has experienced all over the world.
Peru calls Toronto ‘home’, where he currently moved with his beautiful wife.
“Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success”.