Laura Pereira grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. After floating between creative writing, philosophy and art courses, Laura graduated with a major in art history. In 1993 she completed a teaching license and began a career as an art teacher, eventually earning a M.Ed. in Art Education from The University of Minnesota.
Laura has spent summers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan since she was a child. Drawing on the disparate environments of the hustle and bustle of Chicago, and the quiet of the U.P., her work examines conceptions of the word "natural." Philosophical questions propel much of Laura’s art, particularly Henry David Thoreau’s ideas about contemporary society, human conceptions of the world, the environment, and imagination.
Currently, Laura lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she teaches art at the Friends School of Minnesota. Laura is a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.