Mike Peraza is an award winning designer with over 35 years of experience creating magic for the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Comics, Walt Disney Fine Art, Disneyana and Walt Disney Imagineering. He has also worked with legendary film makers Tim Burton (classmate at CalArts), Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Don Bluth, studios including Warner Brothers & MGM and 8 of the 9 Old Men. From working as Art Director for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on the big screen or designing “DuckTales” for the small screen, Mr. Peraza’s talents have helped shape the animation world, and usher in the fabled Disney Renaissance. In 2014 Mike received the Friz Freleng Lifetime Achievement Award for Animation Arts. In 2018 Mike received the treasured DFC Disney Legend award.
Born and raised in New Orleans, his animated station breaks for a local TV station solidified his dream to create animation and he set out west to attend the prestigious California Institute for the Arts, a university that Walt Disney himself established. Tuition fees proved too costly and he planned to leave. Disney Legend Jack Hannah, Dean of the Disney Program intervened with the Disney family offering him a full scholarship along with a job as Teacher’s Assistant enabling him to stay and study the craft he loved in addition to getting to know each Disney Instructor on a close one-on-one relationship. At the end of each year, students showed their films to an amazing audience including Ron Miller, Lillian Disney, Diane Disney, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnson, Ward Kimball, Woolie Reitherman, Chuck Jones and other animation notables. Afterwards Mike found a note inviting him to come and work for The Walt Disney Studios, his dream job.
Mike went on to have a hand in the concepts of animated features for film, TV and games including projects such as: Fox and the Hound, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, The Black Cauldron, Dragon’s Lair, Space Ace, The Great Mouse Detective, TRON, The Little Mermaid, Return to OZ, Ducktales, Chip and Dale, Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Thumbelina, Stuart Little, Anastasia, Ice Age. DuckTales Remastered and others.
Gallery Disneyana+ is honoured to represent this living Disney legend. We look forward to offer an exclusive selection of Mike Peraza’s incredibly beautiful original art and sought-after limited edition prints and lithographs.
The Temple of Doom
This is hands down one of the finest and most elaborate pastels ever created by Mike Peraza. This epic treasure hunting-themed artwork draws inspiration from sources such as the Indiana Jones movie series and pays tribute to Carl Barks who created Scrooge and the Junior Woodchucks featured in this pastel (and who coincidentally also inspired a certain scene in the first Indiana Jones movie featuring a very large boulder chasing the protagonist). In addition it is easy to see the references to the original Ducktales series which Mike also helped create (and which were based on Carl Barks’ stories). If you are a fan of Indiana Jones, Ducktales and/or Carl Barks, this piece would certainly be the obvious treasure gem of your art collection. This lavish artwork measures 45 x 32 cm and is hand-signed by the artist. Getting hold of original art by Mike Peraza is very hard to say the least and you would be hard pressed finding a work by this living Disney legend that can compete with the one we are offering here.
The Terror that Flaps in the Night!
Subliminal pastel by Mike Peraza featuring Darkwing Duck. Mike co-developed Darkwing Duck together with Tad Stones. In particular, we have Mike to thank for the final design of this unique duck character. The artwork measures 32 x 45 cm and is hand-signed by the artist.
Beautiful pastel featuring Ariel. Mike Peraza worked as art director on Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ which was released in 1989. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of original art featuring Disney’s mermaid by the man who designed her for Disney Feature Animation. This beautiful piece of art measures 32 x 45 cm and is of course signed by Peraza.
In the Footsteps of ‘Uncle Walt’
If you are looking for a supberb original artwork with a truly special reference, look no further!
This epic, elaborate and lavishly detailed pastel by Mike Peraza on high-quality art paper features Mickey Mouse sitting at Walt Disney’s school desk which is exhibited at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum.
In this amazing pastel, Mike has – as always – captured the very essence of the Disney character portrayed while also converting Uncle Walt’s real-life school desk to pastel perfection.
This masterpiece is professionally framed in the trademarked exclusive Gallery Disneyana+ gold frame to a total size of approx. 55 x 42 cm and is of course hand-signed by Mike.
Gift of Love
This amazing pastel on quality art paper by Mike Peraza features the ever lovely Disney couple above them all: Mickey and Minnie. Mike has put a lot of love, dedication and time into creating this beautiful artwork which features both characters in full figure – which is a first among all the original art pastels we have ever offered by Mike. This unique masterpiece is professionally framed in the trademarked exclusive Gallery Disneyana+ gold frame to a total size of approx. 42 x 55 cm and is of course hand-signed by Mike.
Nothing can catch the Christmas spirit as well as Disney which is clearly shown from this amazing pastel of Donald Duck admiring his tree and presents. This absolute Holiday gem is rendered in pastel crayons on quality art paper. The artwork is professionally framed in the trademarked exclusive Gallery Disneyana+ gold frame to a total size of approx. 42 x 55 cm and is hand-signed by Mike Peraza.
Let’s Get Dangerous
Beautiful original artwork featuring the ever classic Darkwing Duck. The art is rendered in pastel crayons on quality art paper. The artwork measures approx. 45 x 32 cm and is hand-signed by Mike Peraza.