Belkis Ayón

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Belkis Ayón Manso ( January 23, 1967 - September 11, 1999 ) was a Cuban artist. She was particularly known for her prints.

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Ayón studied at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana until 1986 and graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in 1991 with a degree in engraving

Ayón devoted her short and productive career to creating figurative iconography. Her prints and collographs typically presented themselves as dark silhouettes and ghostly white figures from which the viewer was stared at by animals or eyes, for example.

Ayón dealt intensively with the Afro-Cuban men's secret society Abakuá , contrasting her own life with that of Sikán , a central female figure in Abakuá mythology. Her work La Consagración (The Consecration, 1991) shows, for example, a ceremonial ritual, probably an initiation rite, in which the focus is on the motif of dance , a sacred fish found by Sikán. She once said of her circular prints from 1997, which also referred to Sikán: "The image of Sikán is shown in all these works because, like me, she lived in restlessness and lives through me and is persistently looking for a way out."

Ayón killed himself in 1999 at the age of 32.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b David Castillo (no year) Belkis Ayón Manso.
  2. a b c d e Gabi Ngcobo (2018). Belkis Ayón. 10th Berlin Biennale.