Manuel Pereira

ARTIST

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Adam Bern­stein

Manuel Pereira, 75, a Peru­vian-born artist who helped start a Washington arts cen­ter that fo­cuses on Latino and Caribbean art, died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington. He had heart dis­ease.

Mr. Pereira worked in a va­ri­ety of me­dia, in­clud­ing paint, clay, wood, stone, bronze, plas­ter and ce­ment sculp­ture.

He set­tled in the Washington area in the late 1960s and ex­hib­ited his work at lo­cal gal­leries as well as na­tion­ally and abroad.

In 1973, he helped found Washington’s Fondo del Sol Vis­ual Arts Cen­ter.

Art critic Fer­di­nand Protz­man, re­view­ing Mr. Pereira’s 2000 show at Fondo del Sol, wrote in The Washington Post: “If Pereira were a writer he would be clas­si­fied as a magic re­al­ist, like Colom­bia’s Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez.

“Both have away of ef­fort­lessly turn­ing or­di­nary im­ages into things ex­tra­or­di­nary, un­be­liev­able, yet uni­ver­sally ap­peal­ing. Do­ing that with words is dif­fi­cult. Do­ing it with wood and terra cotta, as Pereira does, is re­mark­able.”

Manuel Je­sus Pereira was born in Ca­ja­marca, Peru, and he be­gan craft­ing art as a teenager. Five of his nine sib­lings be­came artists.

His mar­riage to Ellen Hen­der­son ended in divorce.

Sur­vivors in­clude two chil­dren, Wil­liam Pereira of Char­lottesville and Alexes Pereira of Vi­enna; two sis­ters; four broth­ers; and a grand­daugh­ter.

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