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Shirley Villavicencio Pizango
July 2022

Shirley Villavicencio Pizango is an artist based in Ghent whose practice includes painting, ceramics, textile. Villavicencio Pizango primarily works with live models and portrays her sitters surrounded by lush vegetation amidst textiles, pottery and geometric forms reminiscent of Incan sources. The artist rejects conventional perspective and uses vivid colors, often inspired by other cultures. Through the use of the painterly process, she creates an intimate dialogue with her subjects. And yet, a subtle political message is hidden—her position as a woman, and female artist, as well as her background, are all recurring themes. In this way she stands up to conventional exoticism, and the repressed (or sexualised) position of women in Western art history.

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