SHIRLEY VILLAVICENCIO PIZANGO
°1988, Lima, Peru
Lives and works in Ghent, Belgium
Shirley Villavicencio Pizango (°1988, Lima) is a Ghent-based artist with Peruvian roots. The crossover between her childhood in the Amazon rainforest and lima, and her life in Belgium, is one of the main features defining her work. Villavicencio Pizango paints her portraits at a whirling pace. She mainly uses acrylic, which has a fast drying period and allows her to paint in a preferred spontaneous manner. The artist rejects conventional perspective and uses vivid colours, often inspired by other cultures. By using the painterly process, she creates an intimate dialogue with her subjects. On a second level, Villavicencio Pizango's paintings contain a subtle political message. Her position as a woman, and female artist, but also her background, are recurring themes. In this way she stands up to conventional exoticism, and the repressed (or over-sexualized) position of women in Western art history.