José Santiago Pérez (he/him) is an artist and educator based in Chicago who traces his ancestry to the Nawat people of Kuscatlán (El Salvador). He weaves plastics into containers of time, vessels of memory, and spaces of belonging.
José is a 2022 resident fellow at the Lunder Institute of American Art and a 2019-2020 HATCH resident at Chicago Artists Coalition. His work has been supported by an Illinois Arts Council Agency grant and a Chicago Artists Coalition SPARK grant. José has presented craft and performance based work in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. Features and reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Basketry+ Magazine, Sixty Inches from Center, Newcity Art, Art Intercepts, Other Peoples Pixels, and the Archives + Futures Podcast.
He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies department.