Peter Hiers has been showing work in galleries since 1986 and has been represented in Santa Fe, Scottsdale, Dallas, Carmel, CA and now in New York City. He has exhibited internationally, in 10 states, and in over 15 California cities. His sculptures have been exhibited at the National Art Museum of China in the Beijing International Art Biennale, at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel and at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in California.
His work has been selected to shows by curators from the Whitney Museum in NY; National Textile Museum in Washington, DC; in California from the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California and the Villa Montalvo Art Center in Saratoga; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey; and the Schneider Art Museum in Ashland, Oregon. Photographs of his work are shown in Exhibition Catalogs published by the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale, Grounds for Sculpture, Axis Gallery Juried National, the California State Fair Fine Art Exhibit and the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts.
He demonstrated his born propensity for creating with shape and texture at an early age: as a two-year old he regularly built forms from wooden blocks and in kindergarten was constantly constructing wood forms with hammer, nails and a saw. Later he “made things” from items found in neighborhood trash piles, and as a pre-teen displayed drawings in art shows and sold batik paintings at a local crafts store, leading to his eventual studies at the University of Michigan School of Art.
His experience with various media began with ceramic sculpting, using a wide array of techniques. After his sculptural ideas evolved beyond the technical capacities of clay, he branched out to wood and to welded steel. His work has expanded further to multi-media, and particularly to using fragments of exploded tire rubber he gathers from the sides of highways.
His creative perspective is augmented by his experience in other fields. His musical training began at an early age and lead to studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, which fostered his non-verbal creativity that enlightens his sculpting today. His study of wines as a sommelier developed his senses of taste and smell, which has complemented his sensibilities with sound, sight and touch each honed from music and sculpting. Born with synesthesia, his senses often cross over: sometimes hearing sounds when tasting flavors or feeling shape and temperature and texture in his hands when viewing a photograph, or tasting in his throat the contours of a particular shape. This synesthesia is a gift that heightens his sensory connection to the world and broadens his understanding of form and aesthetics. His Oberlin College degree in American Politics gives greater depth to his almost anthropological observations of American Culture.