Cillín Perera

Cillín Perera


Cillín Perera is a Fellow in the Economic Mobility initiative of the NYU Marron Institute and is an entrepreneur, photographer, and patron of the arts.

Cillín Perera is an entrepreneur, photographer and patron of the arts. 

Cillín founded and is currently CEO of Avilinga, a global language services and technology provider based out of Singapore and the UAE. His previous business, Language Direct, pioneered online language classes in 2004 from a base in Basel, Switzerland. 

Cillín studied undergraduate photography and filmmaking at the department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, USA. After spending the following decade focussing on his business ventures, Cillín returned to photography in 2014 with his iPhone-based homelessCEO project.

This led to a broader return to the visual arts including the establishment of a collection of Australian Aboriginal painting and sculpture.

Cillín's current photographic direction follows on from homelessCEO's depiction of architecture, landscapes and urban settings unnaturally devoid of the human form (2014-2018), to introduce a carefully montaged yet still haunting element of human chaos into larger scale 35mm works.