Digital Art • Mechanical Reproduction
Ralph Perry was born on February 14th 1954 in Detroit Michigan. He joined the United States Air Force after graduating high school in 1972, which landed him in Southern California, stationed at March Air Force Base. After honorably discharging from the Air Force, Ralph used the GI Bill to obtain an Associated Arts degree in Journalism as well as a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State Polytechnic University Pomona.
Ralph started a 30 year career as a correctional peace officer for the California Department of Corrections in Chino. Ralph retired July 2007. On February 14th 2016 his wife gave him a tablet as a birthday gift to do Bible study. Ralph had never painted before or even thought about painting. He stumbled across an app on the tablet for painting and he began to paint pictures.
His wife and mother-in-law began calling him Perrycasso as a joke. Ralph entered some of the pictures he created at the Pomona Valley Art Association monthly show and sale. His first picture sold! At age 62, Ralph has found a new lease on life and his wife now calls him Perrycasso and that is how he signs his paintings.
Perrycasso is an impressionistic vocabulary to express history, music and popular culture (pop) in the advanced visual language of digital painting and photo-mechanical reproduction.