Art Brokerage: Fabian Perez Argentine Artist: b. 1967. Fabian was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and brought up in the small but dynamic Argentinian city of Campana 50 miles outside the capital. From the age of nine Fabian Perez felt at home holding a paintbrush, producing surprisingly mature portraits of family and friends. Fabian Perez' extraordinary parents played a huge part in his creative development; Fabian's mother was artistic and imaginative, while his father was a fascinating fbgure - well known locally both to the people and the police as a somewhat clandestine character with a hand in various business dealings that operated after dark in the nightclubs and on the streets of the city. Fabian Perez' fathers' activities meant that the young Fabian was exposed to an interesting cast of characters, from handsome men who lived their lives on the edge to women who, as he himself puts it, could seduce a man simply by lighting a cigarette. Add to this a world of sultry and glamourous tango dancers, flamenco guitarists and gypsy musicians, and Fabian's stunning paintings fall into context as atmospheric representations of forbidden sensuality and unnamed desires. At the age of 16 he lost his mother, and at 19 his father followed, leading Fabian bereft. Fabian Perez' search for an anchor in his life led him to the pursuit of self knowledge through martial arts, and through this search he met the second great influential figure of his life who was to become his Karate master. Perez' exceptional skill at Karate introduced discipline into a life which had been ruled by passion and instinct, and encouraged Fabian to take charge of his own future. He decided to leave Argentina and travelled around Brazil, Italy and Japan before settling in Los Angeles in Spring 2001. It was here that Fabian Perez' work was noticed by the official artistic establishment, and before long he was holding sell out exhibitions and publishing his work to great critical acclaim.