Born in Spain, a citizen of
France and Colombia, and a student of Japan,
mastered engineering and mathematics before
pursuing his career in art. An avid traveler, he calls no one place home.
Pernikoff’s art is multifarious and infused with diverse influences—a
reflection of its maker. Born from blown crystal balls, thick slabs of glass,
and sheets of gold leaf, the artist’s ethereal objects are meant to be
interpretations of the way tangible matter passes through time and space.
Pernikoff intends to inspire a connection between artwork and audience, and to
create art that is universally understood.
works—each one unique—vary in form and technique. Works like Silver Moon
are created from glass-blowing, while others like Glass Eye are hewn
from glass plates or blocks; both processes employ a skillful, carving
technique, producing patterns that range from the rose-like roundel in Winds
to the network resembling broken glass in Volatilizacion to vine-like
verticals in Mountains. Each piece manages to file the sharp, cutting
quality of glass, smoothing out the edges and lacerations to form intriguing,
Like his glass works,
Pernikoff’s paper and metal relief works evidence an aesthetic that points to
the decade he spent in Japan as an art student. These gold and silver works are
abstracted tableaux of nature, comprised of rippling waves, wispy clouds,
nimble branches, and floating leaves. The artist excels at surface; from
sprinkles of texture achieved through the bite of acid to the glossy channels
of cut glass to raised metallic passages, Pernikoff’s works are mesmerizing
visions that beg to be touched.