Belkis Ayón

Belkis Ayón [1967-1999] printmaker, draftswoman, curator, professor, Ms. Black + White.

Belkis Ayón (23 January 1967 – 11 September 1999) was a Cuban printmaker who specialized in the technique of collography. Ayón is known for her highly detailed allegorical collographs based on Abakuá, a secret, all-male Afro-Cuban society. Her work is often in black and white, consisting of ghost-white figures with oblong heads and empty, almond-shaped eyes, set against dark, patterned backgrounds. She was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1967 and transcended in 1999.

Nasako Began

Selected Links

Belkis Ayón's Website

Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón: Virtual Tour