Nathaniel Perez – The Bronx Brand

Nathaniel Perez

What part of the Bronx are you from? Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised on the south side of the Bronx right in Soundview and been living here ever since.

How has living in the Bronx inspired or influenced your work?

Art has always been something I've seen all around my neighborhood. Every corner you turn there's graffiti on a wall and during the summer all I would see is kids creating masterpieces with chalk on the park floors which motivated me while growing up to create pieces of my own.

What's your creative process?

I'm proud of where I'm from and I love to express that in my pieces to help the people who view my art get a sense of how it is growing up in the Bronx. NYC, in general, has unique people and I like to embrace that with elements of our history. 

What ideas, if any, do you want to inspire with your art?

I want to push people to be proud of where they're from and to find a way to show the beauty of their cities or boroughs through their own form of art. Never be ashamed of your own unique history and culture.