Holly Pereira, IE


Holly Pereira is a Singaporean-Irish illustrator and muralist. Her work is colorful, bold and expressive. Her hand-painted murals often take reference from folk art and typography, weaving narrative throughout the mural through the carefully considered use of motif and palette.

After graduating with an Honours Degree in Fine Art from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin (2004), Pereira practiced as a painter for seven years. She completed residencies and had exhibitions in Singapore (2008), London (2009), Berlin (2010) and Kerry (2014). She moved into the field of illustration in 2011. In 2016 she brought her work to a larger scale and began engaging in public art and site specific murals. Since then, she has painted many murals.

Her current practice draws from different disciplines, including illustration, animation, murals, sign painting, lettering design etc. Her work explores the effects of color, light and design in the public space. Holly Pereira is one of four street artists featured in a collection of stamps for An Post, released in September 2022. She has talked about her work in institutions like The National Gallery of Ireland and The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. She is also a proud member of The Minaw Collective, an all-female street art collective based in Ireland.

* MELBA Symposium presents Holly Pereira as a speaker thanks to the kind support of the Embassy of Ireland in Bulgaria.