Irene Perez was conceived, raised and is currently living in Oakland California. Her mother, Maria del Refugio Perez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. Her father Estanislao Alanis Perez was born in Sierra Blanca, Texas.
Irene studied illustration at the Academy of Art, and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a co-founder of “Mujeres Muralistas”, a group of Chicana artists who collaborated to create large scale outdoor murals throughout the Bay Area that reflected the art and beauty of Mexican/Chicana women and culture. The Mujeres Muralistas' pioneering work sparked the movement of women muralists in the United States. and Mexico. Her prints and paintings have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally.