Born 1978. Painter. Teaches drawing and painting at the Rehabilitation Department, Florentine Center for Mental Health, Tel Aviv. Yair has presented extensively in Israel, both solo and in group exhibitions.
Born and raised in Shlomi (in the north of Israel) in 1978. Lives and works in Tel Aviv. Attended School at Kibbutz Eilon and at Kibbutz Cabri. Studied art at "Hamidrasha" School of Art at Beit Berl and art therapy at "Beit Izzie Shapiro " in Raanana. Works as an art therapist of mentally disabled adults at a rehabilitation center. Perez uses a variety of techniques - drawing, painting, collage and sculpture in his work. Perez's expressive body of work reflects humanitarian and social issues relating to his experiences in his personal and professional life. Perez presented solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in galleries and in museums. His series of works "Urban Habitat" (2005-2008) reflects street life in the south of Tel Aviv and portrays beggars, street dwellers and others, who transform in the pieces into a man-beast hybrid, struggling to survive in the urban jungle. His exhibition "kitchen work" presented at Alfred Gallery in Tel Aviv in 2010, was created following his experience as a cook at a restaurant: it portrays the dirty, Sisyphean chores and the violent yet humoristic rituals and power struggles of the kitchen staff. "Sheshet" is a painted cardboard statue of an African dishwasher, holding a wooden spoon in one hand and a pot lid in the other, wearing cook's flip-flops and standing on plastic containers, like an African warrior heading into battle. In his recent solo exhibition "The Sleep of Reason" 2012, at the Haifa Museum, Perez presented oil paintings on canvas inspired by his work with the mentally disabled.