printmaker, draftsman, curator, professor
1979-1982 20 de Octubre Elementary School of Visual Arts, Havana.
1982-1986 San Alejandro Academy, Havana. Teachers of Engraving: Pablo Borges, Carlos A. García and Ángel Ramírez.
1986-1991 Bachelor’s degree in Engraving, Higher Institute of Art (isa), Havana. Teachers of Engraving: Luis Cabrera, Luis Lara, Rolando Rojas and Pablo Borges.
Belkis Ayón made more than 20 personal expositions, in national galleries in Villa Clara, Guantánamo and of course Havana. She also could take her art to distinguish foreign spaces in Canada, Italy, Germany, Haiti and others. In her prolific artistic trajectory Belkis Ayón work with important curators like Cristina Vives and Beatriz Liaskowski.
Belkis Ayón has been included in more than one hundred collective exhibitions, in galleries from Cuba, United States, , Japan, Brazil, Mexico, India, China, Switzerland, France, Holland, Finland. Many of these expositions were design by relevant curators like Lesbia Vent Dumois and Eugenio Valdés.
The Exhibition Nkame: A Retrospective of the Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón, exhibited this summer in El Museo del Barrio, NY (June 13 - November 5) was selected between the best of the art of 2017 by the New York Times, according to the selecction of Holland Cotter one of the three art critics of The New York Times who shared their picks.
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NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón
On View June 13 – November 5, 2017
Curated by Cristina Vives
This landmark retrospective is the first in the U.S. dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)—the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. Ayón was known for her signature technique of collography, a printing process in which materials of various textures and absorbencies are collaged onto a cardboard matrix and then run through the press with paper.