Eneida Pérez, best known for her prominent public Floating Buddha installations, is also the founder of La Torre – an art and chess “village” in the Dominican Republic that combines the learning of chess and art in an unconventional way. Her work is characterized by her close connection to buddhism. Eneida’s experiential, large-scale urban interventions are inspired by a rethinking of the meaning of „awareness “, as well as by diverse buddhist influences. Her sculptures present spectacular lightness that engage audiences in meditative art experiences.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, the colors of the Caribbean remain an active part of Eneida’s creations and influence her sculptures, landscapes and objects in a unique way.
Eneida Pérez is a French artist, born in the Dominican Republic (05. January, 1964) and believing buddhist.
From 1982 to 1987 she studied art at the National Academy of Fine Arts and architecture at the Autonomous University Santo Domingo UASD. Her art work and her professional chess career (National Chess Champion 1985-1989) led her from New York to France where she opened her first solo exhibition at Gallery „Diagonal“ in Montpellier. From 1991 bis 1993 Eneida Pérez was part oft he precious Académie des Beaux Arts in Dunkerque, France.
Eneida uses a varied practice of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and installations to explore how a inner state of calmness and be transmitted by her work while being aware of your surrounding.
She has lived and worked in New York, France and and currently lives in Cologne, Germany and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Since 1996 Eneida Pérez works and lives in Cologne, Germany.
In 2005 she was awarded the price “Medalla al Mérito de la Mujer Dominicana” (medal of merit for the Dominican woman) from the Dominican Republic which has only been given to 250 women in the Dominican Republic.
Since 2012 Eneida Pérez has hold several art installations under the name „Floating Buddha“ on public lakes that draw wide public attention.