Sumi Perera is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws on her background as a doctor and scientist. She generates multiple series from a given set of plates by combining hybrid printmaking techniques (etching, aquatint, drypoint, monoprint, chine-colle, collagraphs, mezzotint, lithography, kiln-fired screenprint decals etc.) with stitch and Computer Numerical Controlled methods (laser-cutting/engraving, sandblasting etc.). Her work is often interactive and collaborative and open to transformation.
Perera received an MA Book Arts from Camberwell College (2004). She taught at CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts), Beijing and has curated several exhibitions.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (council member), fellow of the Royal Society of Designer Craftsmen, Society of Graphic Fine Arts and 62 Group (Textile Artists).
Her work is held in many public collections including the Tate Britain, V&A Museum, Ashmolean, Oxford, Yale Centre for British Art (USA). She has won several international awards: Prix de Print, USA (2015); Flourish Award-Printmaking (2015); Gold Medal-International Bookarts Competition, Seoul (2005); Birgit-Skiold Award-Excellence in Bookarts (2005); 1st Prize-Shelter-USA (2008) SCU Award-Australia (2009); Best Overall Book Design (NPB)-Society of Bookbinders International Competition (2009) and Incline Press Award (2015); Laurence King Publishers Award (2015); 1st Prize Drawing: Design-Rootstein Hopkins Foundation-Draw (2011).