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A Collector Says: 

"Your work is fantastic! It’s unique, aesthetically pleasing, and says something. There is a message of solitude but also life. I’m honored to have one of your pieces!" 


South Florida artist Deborah Perlman is a graduate of Boston University (BFA, sculpture) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, sculpture). After graduate school, Perlman ventured into communications, enriching her creativity through travel and special assignments. Since dedicating herself to art full time, she has been featured in several art publications and her work has appeared in exhibitions nationwide including three solo exhibitions from 2023 – 2024. Perlman’s work is held in private collections, and she is a member of regional and national professional artist organizations.


Perlman creates abstract geometric 3-D collage by transforming flat images into raised architectural forms that add depth, texture, and shadows. She cuts, scores, and folds paper to create the forms, then combine them with materials like photographs, wood, and metal. Juxtaposing these forms, she highlights their points of contact and the shadows they cast. Each piece invites the viewer to travel through doorways, walkways, ramps, and passages, leading them on a journey to spaces filled with mystery, questions and the unknown.


Perlman finds inspiration from the form, structure and styles of African sculpture; the Constructivism, Geometric Abstraction, and Cubism art movements; the work of Louise Nevelson; the ‘illogical perspective’ of Giorgio de Chirico and M.C. Escher; Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes; and Frank Stella’s metal reliefs, among many others. Her concerns for the environment, reactions to global conflicts, and personal life experiences contribute to the subject matter she addresses.





Solo Exhibitions

  • Somewhere Between, Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Pompano Beach, FL, 2024

  • Screen Shot, The Frank Gallery, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2024

  • Fresh Squeezed, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL, 2023

  • Gallery Ring (virtual exhibit), 2021


Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Interplay: Geometric Abstraction, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Lake Worth, FL 2024

  • Form + Space, Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FL 2024

  • Annual Juried Exhibition, CT Academy of Fine Arts, Slater Museum, Norwich, CT 2024

  • Small Works (virtual exhibit), Nat’l. Assn. of Women Artists 2024

  • Annual Exhibit, Nat’l. Assn. of Women Artists, One Art Space Gallery, New York, NY 2024

  • Abstract (virtual exhibit), Art-Fluent, 2024

  • Portals (virtual exhibit), Maryland Federation of the Arts, MD, 2024

  • Strictly Abstract (virtual exhibit), O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, CA 2024

  • Looking Forward-Healing Through Art, ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2024

  • #COLLAGENOW, Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY 2024

  • Awakening Earth: A Spring Narrative, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2024

  • Art + Stroll, Business for the Arts Broward, Ft. Lauderdale, 2024

  • Paper Works (virtual exhibit), SITE:BROOKLYN, NY, 2023

  • Expo 42 (virtual exhibit), b.j. spoke gallery, New York, 2023

  • Pine and Palm, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL, 2022

  • 32nd All-Florida Juried Art Show, Martin Arts, Stuart, FL, 2022

  • Waves, Art and Climate Exhibit, Arts Warehouse, Delray Beach, FL, 2022

  • Works on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD, 2022

  • Art on BRIC Walls, Boca Raton, FL, 2021/22

  • Modes of Abstraction, Art Center of Sarasota, FL, 2021/22

  • Picking Up the Pieces (virtual exhibit), Collage Artists of America, 2021

  • Changing Landscapes (5 works), ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2021

  • Artists to Follow in 2021 (virtual exhibit), Michael Rose Fine Art, RI, 2021

  • Leaders in Abstraction – (virtual exhibit), The Art House Virtual Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2021

  • Small Works (virtual exhibit), 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2020

  • 90th Annual Juried Exhibition (virtual exhibit), National Art League, 2020

  • Artists Choice (virtual exhibit), Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2020

  • Continuum Exhibit, West Palm Beach, FL, 2020


 Selected Honors/Awards

  • 1st Place, Mixed Media, 17th Annual Competition, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2022

  • Honorable Mention, Art Extravaganza, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2022

  • Honorable Mention, Abstractions Exhibit, Broward Art Guild, 2021

  • 1st Place, Mixed Media, 16th Annual Competition, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, FL, 2021

  • 2nd Place, Art in the Time of Corona, Artist Table Virtual Gallery, 2021

  • Honorable Mention, Abstract Exhibit (virtual), Art Show International, 2021

  • Juror’s Choice Award, Elemental, Maryland Federation of Art, 2020

  • Best in Show, Winter Spectacular Salon, Broward Art Guild, 2019/20

  • Honorable Mention and People's Choice Award, Tri-County Biennial Exhibit, FL, 2019



  • Modern Renaissance Magazine, Culturally Arts Collective, Featured Artist, 2024

  • Create! Magazine, Featured Artist, Summer 2024

  • Women United Art Magazine, Curator’s Pick, Summer 2024

  • Art Seen Magazine, Featured Artist, Autumn 2023

  • Art Fluent, Curator’s Choice Artist Interview, 2023

  • Visionary Art Collective, Artist Interview, 2022

  • Art Seen Magazine, Fall/Winter 2021, Featured Artist

  • Art Gallery 118, Featured Artist, 2021

  • Visionary Art Collective, Featured Artist, 2021

  • Artsy Shark, Featured Artist, 2021


Professional Artist Memberships

  • National Association of Women Artists, Signature Member

  • National Collage Society

  • Collage Artists of America

  • Allied Artists of America

  • American Women Artists

  • International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists

  • Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, FL



Perlman’s art is held in several private collections in the US.

A Collector Says:

"The two pieces we bought offer passageways leading us to safe places that are welcoming and full of light. We love these works because they are elegant, peaceful and offer places we would like to be."

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