Totem

Artist Profile

One of the best known contemporary Chilean young painter in Berlin, Francisco José Perez, known in the art-scene as TOTEM, was born in 1978 in Santiago de Chile.

He began his artistic career as an theater actor, it is in 2002 when hi comes to Berlin and immersed himself into the city well known "subcultures", nowdays works and exhibits at his Atellier / Gallery "Subsuelo" located in the district of Kreuzberg.

The range of his art form is widely distributed. Painting, installations, lighting objects, sculptures and working with recycled materials are below its art forms, as well as large-scale murals in public spaces. His paintings have been exhibited in different countries, among others, Mexico, Chile, France, Spain,Slovenien,Hungary  and Germany.

About his painting, the artist says: "When I choose my colors, I could bring my imagination to life, I travel, projecting improvising with what gives me the code for the work and experiment with the surprise, the ...unexpected, and let the colors move. I give my self in my pictures.

The monumental works of Francisco Perez “Totem” from Chile convey an intertwined system of ancient symbols, revival of Classical and Neo-Avantgarde traditions, mixing of Surreal, Dadaist, Expressionist, Tashist and similar elements inspired by Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris and Spanish or Catalan renowned painters of the 20th century, which the artist has transformed through his specific, subjective approach. It represents layers of two different, superficial and deep cultural identities, in spiritual as well as in technical sense, both horizontally and vertically (how the latter can be understood will be touched upon later). This visual journey needs to be imagined on the axis South America-West Europe as the artist currently lives in Berlin, yet also on the basis of his experiences from Lendava, this axis is supplemented or integrated by intense, current eastern European impressions. Francisco Perez paints suggestive paintings of huge dimensions, powerful, sometimes exciting and mysterious and at the same time playful with his grotesque figures, dreamlike scenes, visual and poetic effects, evoking their own fantasy world of collective childlike self. His name Totem is an additional proof of that and Perez is well known by it within the contemporary art scene in Berlin. His artistic world – totem pillar on the rise – is very diverse. Alongside his characteristic large-scale paintings he also creates installations, lighting objects, sculptures and murals, all made of reusable materials. His work is continuous, a constant automatic inner journey through which he projects the stunning figures of his imaginary world full of unexpected twists, wild colours representing his own moods in every painting in his whole body and spiritual essence, directly or indirectly decanting into one with the painting and the environment and thus suggestively influencing each one of us.

Bianca Iványi, art historian
(English translation: Sandra Vida)

 

 

Curriculum 

2002

Exhibitions

Despertar_KTS, Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Cambios_Vorderhause, KunstZentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Paredes_KinoHarmonie, Freiburg, Germany

Art-actions

Sentimiento Sentido_Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany

Luces del Silencio_Rescycling Intallation, Kunstprojekt Enetenetu Danz theatre musikKTS Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

2003

Exhibitions

Luz, hijos del sol_Santo Remedio, Santiago de Chile

El presente_Werkstatt der Kulturen, Neukolln, Berlin

Hobrecht_48 Stunden Neukoll, Berlin

Sentir_Mexico Lindo, Charlottenburg, Berlin

Recycling Installations

Si de adentro fuera_KtS Freigburg, Kunst projecte Arrasarte

Al Natural_Camp-tipsy Alternative Festival Berlin, Kunst Projekt Arrasarte

Para Usted_Kunst Aktionen, Maybachufer, Berlin

2004

Exhibitions

Gitanos_Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spanien

Full Space_48 Stunden Neukolln, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Obenbaumbrucke Fridrischain; Kreuzberg, Berlin

Pan.Optikum_Alte-Ostbahnhof East Side Gallery, Berlin

Licht Objekt_Internationales RestcyclingArtfestival Berlin, Backfabrik Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Sur – Installation_Drapt Art Festival de Reciclaje, Barcelona, Spanien

Art Actions

La Cabina_Kunst Haus Tacheles, Berlin

Colores al viento_Gorlitzer Park, Berlin

2005

Exhibitions

El Sueño Soñaba_Gallery Twenty-Four Berlin, Germany

Taller Abierto_48 Stunden Neukolln Berlin

Art-Actions

Adesalambrar_KTS; Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Semilla_Maybachufer, Berlin

Bomba_Gorlitzer Park, Berlin

2006

Exhibitions

Abyayala_Galeria Marte Santiago de Chile

A-demas_Restaurant Gallery Piola, Santiago de Chile

Cultivo de Color_Lautzizer Attelier Gallery, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Obenbaumbruecke, Berlin

International Essenblage Festival Berlin_Gallery Twenty Four, Berlin

Bethanien Kunst Treffen_Haus Bethanien, Berlin

2007

Exhibitions

Enredaluz_Gallerie Freii-rumm, Neukolln, Berlin

Recycling Kunst Installation_Theatre Tanz Musik, Berlin

Wall painting_Hostel Sleep-inn Berlin

2008

Totem_Gallery Talent Sasvivre, Lyon, France

Reciclando la calle_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Paradero 18_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo (Collectivo), Kreuzberg, Berlin

Subsuelo Iluminado_Licht objekte_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Oberbaumbrucke, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Installation Microcosmos_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2009

Exhibitions

Subsuelo_Galerie Tantow charllotenburg Berlin

Galerie Freii-Rumm neukolln Berlin

En el frio_Friedrichshohe Gallery, Berlin

La Forma_Kunst Installation_Friedrichshohe Gallery, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Oberbaumbrucke, Kreuzberg, Berlin

La Tontera_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2010

Exhibitions

Entre mujeres_Tacheles, Berlin

Encuentro_Gallerie Vinogradov, Berlin

La Cachetada_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Trilogia_Galeria de Diseño Bravo Muebles, Santiago de Chile

2011

Exhibitions

Santo Juego_Galeria Punto Arte, Casino Monticello, Santiago de Chile

Tausen Tote_Palais Salfeldt, Quedlinburg, Germany

International Young Residence_Lendart, First Price Winner_Lendava, Eslovenia

Exposition_Museo Judio, Eslovenia, Lendava

2012

Cabezaso_Stadtteilausschuss, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Interfluencias_Glogauer, Open Studio, Berlin Germany

Gallery Museum Lendava_ ,Slowenia, 1st Place young contemporary artist

Made in Moscow Parliament Art_, Fluxbau, Berlin Germany

11th International Fine Arts Colony Szentgotthárd._Hungary

2013

ToT  Esdip design Berlin Germany

IN CONTRUCTION , Barcelona,Spanien

PERLA , Studio T  Berlin ,Germany

2014

LOVE MOABIT ,Studio T ,Berlin Germany

THE BIRD Mural edificio silverstein str,Berlin Germany

2015

EL MOLINO , Art letters and Nummbers ,New York EE.UU

THE ROOF , big paint roof ,broklyn New York City, EE UU

Fuck love and colors ,Atelier-galerie Subsuelo ,Berlin germany

Zwischen hier und Dort  ZKU zentrum fur kunst nd urbanistk Berlin Germany

PAPELES madame claue club,Berlin Germany

HOLACHAO Heimat hafen, Berlin Germany

2016

Gallery Van der Plass ,New York city,EE.UU

Totem

Artist Profil

Francisco Jose Perez ist in der Berliner  Kunstszene bekannt als TOTEM.

Seinen Lebensmittelpunkt hat der ausgebildete Theaterschauspieler und Bühnenbildner seit 2002 in Berlin. In Kreuzberg arbeitet und lebt der Künstler, dort ist er fester Bestandteil des Wrangelkiezes. Sein Atelier „Subsuelo“ stellt dabei Begegnungsstätte und Ausstellungsort zugleich dar.

 

Das Spektrum seiner Kunstformen ist weit gestreut. Malerei, Installationen, Lichtobjekte, Skulpturen und die Arbeit mit Recyclingmaterialien gehören zu seinen Kunstformen, sowie großflächige Wandmalereien im öffentlichen Raum.

 

Seine Kunstwerke wurden in verschiedenen Ländern ausgestellt. Unter anderem in Mexico, Chile, Frankreich, Spanien, Slovenien, Ungarn und Deutschland.



 "Wenn ich meine Farben auswähle, erwecke ich sie mit meiner Vorstellung zum Leben. Ich reise und projiziere meine Erfahrungen und gebe mich Selbst hinein, wie Gewürze die einem Gericht seinen unverwechselbaren Geschmack verleihen."

Curriculum 

2002

Ausstellung

Despertar_KTS, Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Cambios_Vorderhaus, KunstZentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Paredes_KinoHarmonie, Freiburg, Germany

Kunst action

Sentimiento Sentido_Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany

Luces del Silencio_Recycling Intallation, Kunstprojekt Enetenetu Danz theatre musikKTS Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

2003

Ausstellung

Luz, hijos del sol_Santo Remedio, Santiago de Chile

El presente_Werkstatt der Kulturen, Neukölln, Berlin

Hobrecht_48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin

Sentir_Mexico Lindo, Charlottenburg, Berlin

Restcycling Installationen

Si de adentro fuera_KTS Freiburg, Kunst projecte Arrasarte

Al Natural_Camp-tipsy Alternative Festival Berlin, Kunst Projekt Arrasarte

Para Usted_Kunst Aktionen, Maybachufer, Berlin

2004

Ausstellung

Gitanos_Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spanien

Full Space_48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin

Open Air Galerie_Obenbaumbrucke Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin

Pan.Optikum_Alter Ostbahnhof East Side Galerie, Berlin

Licht Objekt_Internationales Restcycling Artfestival Berlin, Backfabrik Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Sur – Installation_Drapt Art Festival de Reciclaje, Barcelona, Spanien

Kunst Aktion

La Cabina_Kunst Haus Tacheles, Berlin

Colores al viento_Görlitzer Park, Berlin

2005

Ausstellung

El Sueño Soñaba_Galerie Twenty-Four Berlin, Germany

Taller Abierto_48 Stunden Neukölln Berlin

Kunst-Aktionen

Adesalambrar_KTS; Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Semilla_Maybachufer, Berlin

Bomba_Gorlitzer Park, Berlin

2006

Ausstellung

Abyayala_Galeria Marte Santiago de Chile

A-demas_Restaurant Galerie Piola, Santiago de Chile

Cultivo de Color_Lautzizer Atelier Galerie, Berlin

Open Air Galerie_Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin

International Essenblage Festival Berlin_Galerie Twenty Four, Berlin

Bethanien Kunst Treffen_Haus Bethanien, Berlin

2007

Ausstellung

Enredaluz_Galerie Freii-rumm, Neukölln, Berlin

Recycling Kunst Installation_Theatre Tanz Musik, Berlin

Wall painting_Hostel Sleep-inn Berlin

2008

Totem_Galerie Talent Sasvivre, Lyon, France

Reciclando la calle_Atellier Galerie Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Paradero 18_Atellier Galerie Subsuelo (Collectivo), Kreuzberg, Berlin

Subsuelo Iluminado_Licht objekte_Atellier Galerie Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Open Air Galerie_Oberbaumbrucke, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Installation Microcosmos_Atellier Galerie Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2009

Ausstellung

Subsuelo_Galerie Tantow charllotenburg Berlin

Galerie Freii-Rumm Neukölln Berlin

En el frio_Friedrichshohe Galerie, Berlin

La Forma_Kunst Installation_Friedrichshöhe Galerie, Berlin

Open Air Galerie_Oberbaumbrücke, Kreuzberg, Berlin

La Tontera_Atellier Galerie Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2010

Ausstellung

Entre mujeres_Tacheles, Berlin

Encuentro_Galerie Vinogradov, Berlin

La Cachetada_Atelier Galerie Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Trilogia_Galeria de Diseño Bravo Muebles, Santiago de Chile

2011

Ausstellung

Santo Juego_Galeria Punto Arte, Casino Monticello, Santiago de Chile

Tausen Tote_Palais Salfeldt, Quedlinburg, Germany

International Young Residence_Lendart, First Price Winner_Lendava, Eslovenia

Exposition_Museo Judio, Eslovenia, Lendava

2012

Cabezaso_Stadtteilausschuss, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Interfluencias_Glogauer, Open Studio, Berlin Germany

Galerie Museum Lendava_ ,Slowenia, 1st Place young contemporary artist

Made in Moscow Parliament Art_, Fluxbau, Berlin Germany

11th International Fine Arts Colony Szentgotthárd._Hungary

2013

ToT  Esdip design Berlin Germany

IN CONTRUCTION , Barcelona,Spanien

PERLA , Studio T  Berlin ,Germany

2014

LOVE MOABIT ,Studio T ,Berlin Germany

THE BIRD Mural edificio silverstein str,Berlin Germany

 

2015

EL MOLINO , Art letters and Nummbers ,New York EE.UU

THE ROOF , big paint roof ,broklyn New York City, EE UU

Fuck love and colors ,Atelier-galerie Subsuelo ,Berlin germany

Zwischen hier und Dort  ZKU zentrum fur kunst nd urbanistk Berlin Germany

PAPELES madame claue club,Berlin Germany

HOLACHAO Heimat hafen, Berlin Germany

BLAUE STUNDE Galerie  ,Prenzlauer Berg ,Berlin Germany

2016

KOLLEKTIV Galerie Van der Plaas ,New York 

VIGOTIAO Weingalerie Joachim Rong, Berlin

Totem

Perfil del artista

Francisco José Pérez, conocido como TOTEM en la escena artistica, nació en Santiago de Chile en 1978, y es uno de los jovenes pintores chilenos reconocidos de Berlin.

Comenzó su carrera artistica formandose como actor teatral, mas tarde escenografo e inventor de objetos luminicos, para finalmente sumergirse en la pintura; en el 2002 se instala en Berlin.  Actualmente trabaja y expone en su Atellier/Galeria "Subsuelo" situada en el barrio de Kreuzberg.


Su imaginación no se encuentra limitada a un solo soporte como medio de expresión; abarca pintura, instalaciones, objetos lumínicos, esculturas, trabajos con materiales reciclados y murales a gran escala en espacios públicos.

Sus obras han sido exhibidas en diferentes paises, tales como México, Chile, Hungria, Eslovenia, Francia, España y Alemania.

Acerca de su pintura, el artista dice: "Cuando elijo mis colores, puedo hacer que mi imaginacion cobre vida, viajarproyectar, improvisar con lo que surge espontaneo, propio de cada obra y experimentar con la sorpresa, el imprevisto, el movimiento de colores; me entrego por completo a mis cuadros."

 

Curriculum 

2002

Expocisiones

Despertar_KTS, Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Cambios_Vorderhause, KunstZentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Paredes_KinoHarmonie, Freiburg, Germany

Intervenciones Artisticas

Sentimiento Sentido_Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany

Luces del Silencio_Rescycling Intallation, Kunstprojekt Enetenetu Danz theatre musikKTS Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

2003

Exposiciones

Luz, hijos del sol_Santo Remedio, Santiago de Chile

El presente_Werkstatt der Kulturen, Neukolln, Berlin

Hobrecht_48 Stunden Neukoll, Berlin

Sentir_Mexico Lindo, Charlottenburg, Berlin

Instalaciones de Reciclaje

Si de adentro fuera_KtS Freigburg, Kunst projecte Arrasarte

Al Natural_Camp-tipsy Alternative Festival Berlin, Kunst Projekt Arrasarte

Para Usted_Kunst Aktionen, Maybachufer, Berlin

2004

Exposiciones

Gitanos_Carrera del Darro, Granada, Spanien

Full Space_48 Stunden Neukolln, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Obenbaumbrucke Fridrischain; Kreuzberg, Berlin

Pan.Optikum_Alte-Ostbahnhof East Side Gallery, Berlin

Licht Objekt_Internationales RestcyclingArtfestival Berlin, Backfabrik Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Sur – Installation_Drapt Art Festival de Reciclaje, Barcelona, Spanien

Intervenciones Artisticas

La Cabina_Kunst Haus Tacheles, Berlin

Colores al viento_Gorlitzer Park, Berlin

2005

Exposiciones

El Sueño Soñaba_Gallery Twenty-Four Berlin, Germany

Taller Abierto_48 Stunden Neukolln Berlin

Intervenciones Artisticas

Adesalambrar_KTS; Kulturzentrum, Freiburg, Germany

Semilla_Maybachufer, Berlin

Bomba_Gorlitzer Park, Berlin

2006

Exposiciones

Abyayala_Galeria Marte Santiago de Chile

A-demas_Restaurant Gallery Piola, Santiago de Chile

Cultivo de Color_Lautzizer Attelier Gallery, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Obenbaumbruecke, Berlin

International Essenblage Festival Berlin_Gallery Twenty Four, Berlin

Bethanien Kunst Treffen_Haus Bethanien, Berlin

2007

Expocisiones

Enredaluz_Gallerie Freii-rumm, Neukolln, Berlin

Recycling Kunst Installation_Theatre Tanz Musik, Berlin

Wall painting_Hostel Sleep-inn Berlin

2008

Totem_Gallery Talent Sasvivre, Lyon, France

Reciclando la calle_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Paradero 18_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo (Collectivo), Kreuzberg, Berlin

Subsuelo Iluminado_Licht objekte_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Oberbaumbrucke, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Installation Microcosmos_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2009

Expocisiones

Subsuelo_Galerie Tantow charllotenburg Berlin

Galerie Freii-Rumm neukolln Berlin

En el frio_Friedrichshohe Gallery, Berlin

La Forma_Kunst Installation_Friedrichshohe Gallery, Berlin

Open Air Gallery_Oberbaumbrucke, Kreuzberg, Berlin

La Tontera_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

2010

Expocisiones

Entre mujeres_Tacheles, Berlin

Encuentro_Gallerie Vinogradov, Berlin

La Cachetada_Atellier Gallery Subsuelo, Kreuzberg, Berlin

Trilogia_Galeria de Diseño Bravo Muebles, Santiago de Chile

2011

Expocisiones

Santo Juego_Galeria Punto Arte, Casino Monticello, Santiago de Chile

Tausen Tote_Palais Salfeldt, Quedlinburg, Germany

International Young Residence_Lendart, First Price Winner_Lendava, Eslovenia

Exposition_Museo Judio, Eslovenia, Lendava

2012

Cabezaso_Stadtteilausschuss, Kreuzberg, Berlin Germany

Interfluencias_Glogauer, Open Studio, Berlin Germany

Gallery Museum Lendava_ ,Slowenia, 1st Place young contemporary artist

Made in Moscow Parliament Art_, Fluxbau, Berlin Germany

11th International Fine Arts Colony Szentgotthárd._Hungary

2013

ToT  Esdip design Berlin Germany

IN CONTRUCTION , Barcelona,Spanien

PERLA , Studio T  Berlin ,Germany

2014

LOVE MOABIT ,Studio T ,Berlin Germany

THE BIRD Mural edificio silverstein str,Berlin Germany

2015

EL MOLINO , Art letters and Nummbers ,New York EE.UU

THE ROOF , big paint roof ,broklyn New York City, EE UU

Fuck love and colors ,Atelier-galerie Subsuelo ,Berlin germany

Zwischen hier und Dort  ZKU zentrum fur kunst nd urbanistk Berlin Germany

PAPELES madame claue club,Berlin Germany

HOLACHAO Heimat hafen, Berlin Germany

2016

Gallery Van der Plass ,New York city,EE.UU