Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Perry recognizes that his city is “rich in art and many people aren’t aware.

“From Romare Bearden to Andy Warhol,” he said, “this city inspires me and I hope my work can inspire people just the same.”

Over the past two years, Perry has sold over 200 paintings. He primarily paints on canvasses, but has also done murals, such as on the playground of Carlow University’s Early Learning Center. He also has done face-painting for charity events, and enjoys the overall art of “live painting” as audiences watch.

In efforts to provide local artists with “a platform to showcase their talents and expand their brand,” Pittsburgh resident Vernard Alexander has been hosting an event called “Connectically Speaking” for the past two years. The next one, scheduled for Jan. 12, 9 p.m. at Repair the World, 6022 Broad St. in East Liberty, will feature about a dozen poets, and the live painting by Cue Perry.

“Cue has been a newly regular supporter of my events,” Alexander said. After Perry posted a picture of a female model on Facebook featuring Perry’s artistry via body paint, Alexander initiated a conversation with Perry.

Alexander believes the addition of Perry will only add to the event’s appeal. The models, who all volunteered to be painted at Connectically Speaking, Jan. 12., are a mixture of local talents and Facebook friends.

In the present, “this Friday (Jan. 12) is a great opportunity to showcase my artwork in a creative, different way,” Perry said. But, “in five years, I hope to be headlining gallery shows across the nation.”

 

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