Shirley Villavicencio Pizango - CV + Bio

Having grown up in the Peruvian capital of Lima and the small village of Santiago De Borja in the Amazon rainforest, Shirley Villavicencio Pizango moved to Ghent, Belgium when she was eighteen years old. Fourteen years later, Villavicencio Pizango has nicely reconciled these diverse experiences to record her daily life in Ghent by painting portraits of family, friends and strangers. She portrays her sitters within lush vegetation and amidst textiles, pottery and geometric forms reminiscent of Incan sources. Her paintings are colorful, loose, expressionistic and folky and her sitters are depicted with a concise sensitivity that conveys nostalgia, memory and melancholy.


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

Education
2020
HISK Laureate, Ghent, Belgium

2015
Teacher Certification in the Arts, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Kask, Ghent

2013
MA, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Kask

2012
BA, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts – Kask

Solo Exhibitions
2021
Lima Vitae, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Knokke, Belgium

2020
Digging a Hole to the Surface, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Under the Same Moon with the Stars as Shelter in a Land of Sand, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2019
Art Lima (with Geukens & De Vil Gallery)
Biennial of Amazonian Art (with Geukens & De Vil Gallery), Pucallpa, Peru

2018
Salty Rain, This Is Not a Déjà-vu, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwerp

2017
I Need You Out, Floors, Ghent

2016
Nature Of Sign, NVT Galerie, Ghent

2013
De Kotroute, Ghent

Group Exhibitions
2021
Our World Two, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2020
Confined Challenge 2.0, Geukens & De Vil Gallery, Antwerp
Artivirals, Maaltebruggekasteel, Ghent, Belgium
Portraits, Cultural Center Marchin, Belgium
No Touching, Kunst 100, Berlin, Germany

2019
CHAIN, Studio Koen van den Broek, Antwerp, Belgium
Ofte Vojaĝantoj, curated by Benedicte Goesaert, 360° Kunst at Wilford X, Temse, Belgium
En Piste! Museum La Boverie, Liege, Belgium

2018
Art Group Exhibition: Quinten De Bruyn, Orlando Gruwez & Shirley Villavicencio, In de Ruimte, Ghent
Filet Pur — Lofzang voor de Man, BLANCO, Ghent
Salon BL, Begijnhof ter Hoye, Ghent
IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH, In de Ruimte, Ghent

2017
Ecce Homo, Fierens Blokken, Antwerp
DRKPSTRT#6, Dok Noord, Ghent

2015
Picturale, Ronse, Belgium

2014
Heart Thinkers, Logroño, Spain

2013
Graduation 2013, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent
The Big Draw Festival, Ghent

2010
33rd FISAE International Ex-libris Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey

Residencies
2017 Paradise Air, Matsudo, Japan (residency)

Bibliography
2020
Vanbelle, Annelies, “Shirley Villavicencio Pisang, a contemporary feminist Fauvist,” TheArtCouch, May 21
“#1 Shirley Villavicencio Pizango – self-portrait,” Subbacultcha, March 20

2019
“Dos artistas peruanas que brillaron en ed Art Lima 2019,” COSAS, April 12
Maher, Daneil Milroy. “Shirley Villavicencio tells her own story through painting,” It’s Nice That, March 11

2018
Raeman, Herlinde. “New masters: Shirley Villacicencio Pizango,” Subbacultcha, February

2017
Van Damme, Fernand. “De overheid wil bijna niet dat de jonge, ondernemende generatie slaagt,” DeMorgen, June 1