Lima, Peru.  1988
Lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.





Shirley Villavicencio Pizango is a peruvian Ghent-based artist. The crossover between her peruvian heritage and her life in Belgium is one of the main features defining her work. Villavicencio 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 peruvian 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’s paintings contain a subtle political message. She often makes people with a darker skin tone the protagonists of her paintings, without putting emphasis on their background. In this way she stands up to conventional exoticism, something present throughout Western art history.







Esplendor (2018)

Acrylic on canvas
150 x 180 cm




Half Full / Half Empty (2018)
Acrylic on canvas
135 x 100 cm




Still Waiting for Godot (2018)

Acrylic on canvas
97 x 140 cm




Asturias (2018)
Acrylic on canvas
97 x 140 cm




Skeptical about love (2018)
Acrylic on canvas
82 x 132 cm




Matisse Gave Her Plants (2018)
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 132 cm




Le Petit Jardin (2018)
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 64 cm




Hammock (2019)
Acrylic on canvas
51 x 44 cm