Peru Dyer Jalea aka. Peru 143

Trained in both, traditional and digital art, and taking from his 15 years experience painting graffiti, Peru found his calling as a muralist. While still distancing himself from labels and limitations, he continues to explore his imagination through different media.

“You can’t take yourself too seriously, especially when you’re young and have so much to learn”.

Inspired by his travels and cultural background, Peru playfully combines pre-Columbian and Haida motifs while applying techniques he learned in academia, as well as the many styles he picked up in the streets of the three continents he has lived in.

Recently, Peru’s work has been driven by the theme of ‘home’ and what it means to each of us and himself. Having grown up travelling throughout Peru’s exotic extremes – as his father was a dirt-bike racer – he grew to appreciate nature and allowed his imagination to run free. “We take our imagination for granted”, he says. In many ways, his recent work is both an examination and a celebration of the feeling of ‘home’ he has experienced all over the world.

Peru currently calls Toronto ‘home’, where he lives with his beautiful wife.

“Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success”.


Peru Dyer Jalea (Lima, Pérou, 1982), également connu sous le nom de Peru 143, a suivi une formation en arts plastiques et numériques, qui se conjugue à quinze ans de pratique du graffiti. Peru a trouvé sa voie en tant que muraliste : inspiré par ses voyages et par son bagage culturel, il associe des motifs précolom- biens et Haida, en leur appliquant à la fois des techniques très académiques et des styles qui viennent de la rue. Peru vit et travaille à Montréal.