Aimee Perez (b in Havana, Cuba in 1955). Artist, sculptor and ceramicist, she left for the United States when she was twelve with her family through the Freedom Flights and grew up in Miami; a Cuban immigrant community. As a young adult she won the Gold Key Award in painting and several honorable mentions as she continued her pursuit of the arts during her college years. In 1989 she moved to Mexico City and continued painting and exhibiting with Cuban and Mexican artists. In 1997 she was invited to participate as a guest artist in the studio of Mexican sculptor Jose Sacal and it is here where she begins to work for the first time in 3D with clay. She returned to Miami in 2006 and continued her work, winning several awards for her figurative ceramics in the state of Florida. Perez has been praised for her command of gestures, making her sculptures expressionistic and powerful which, combined with the juxtaposition to found objects, creates an organic symbiosis. She says her work is her voice, a dialogue with the observer and simultaneously a self-exploration. Her work can be found in many private collection in the United States and Mexico and in permanent collections including Florida International University Honors College Collection and Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.