PERU 143 aka Peru Dyer Jalea Trained in both traditional and digital art, and taking from his 20 years painting graffiti, Peru found his calling as a muralist. While working primarily with aerosol he prefers to distance himself from labels and limitations and continues exploring his imagination through different mediums. Finding inspiration through his travels, his recent work explores the theme of home, what it means to him personally, and our grander existential need as humans to find a place to belong. Growing up travelling throughout Peru’s exotic extremes to his father’s dirt-bike races allowed him to let his imagination run wild. Since then, he’s tried to see as much of the world as he can and has allowed his travels and conversations with people from around the world to enrich his study of identity and belonging. Peru’s study has included an examination into the ways in which geography, culture, environment and tradition inform identity, an understanding he hopes to further enrich throughout his life. While Peru’s body of work spans a huge variety of media, there is a consistent approach beneath it all. For Peru, the work of art is fundamentally an expression of the joy of imagination. The same joy he experienced as a boy wandering through deserts and jungles and then across the planet can be found in the vibrant primary colours and imaginary architecture present in his art today. For Peru, imagination is not merely a place for fantasy but an expression of our inward connection to one another and to our environment. In representing the fruits of his own imagination, then, Peru’s art seeks to remind us of the instinctual and light-hearted joy we all experience when encountering the world around us. As a proponent of the ‘Graffuturism’ movement, much of Peru’s artistic energy today is dedicated to advancing the traditions of graffiti and mural art into new imaginative territory. The geometric complexity of his work—partially rooted, no doubt, in his early appreciation of Quechua textiles—is made more readable by his simplified and saturated colour palette. For Peru, this commitment to the advancement and intermingling of graffiti and mural art is not opposed to tradition but involves, instead, an attempt to extend and enrich tradition. For Peru, artistic tradition is not a synonym for the out-dated or the unchanging. ‘Tradition’ for Peru refers to the living attempt to reflect the joy of the everyday in material works of art. Some of Peru’s clients include Facebook, Nike, Converse, Red Bull, Bell, Cirque du Soleil and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He currently calls Toronto ‘home’ where he lives with his beautiful wife. “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success” – Albert Schweitzer