Shirley Villavicencio Pizango
Lives and works in Ghent
Searching for the Blue of my Life, 2020
Acrylic paint on canvas
125 x 120 cm
Shirley Villavicencio Pizango is a Ghent-based artist with Peruvian roots. The crossover between her South-American heritage and her life in Belgium is one of the main features defining her work. Shirley paints her portraits and still lives 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.
This still life shows the workplace of the artist. Shirley uses the different elements in her studio to create a sphere of nostalgia. A moment that remains forever in her memory. Collecting ceramics and other curiosa forms part of her daily inspiration. The workplace also becomes a place to live, to eat and sometimes to sleep. In the background the blue painting is a reference to Matisse’s painting. Whom she’s inspired by.
The title Searching For The Blue of My Life refers to the searching of love that she describes as blue.
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