Belkis Ayón

1967–1999

Belkis Ayón, ‘The Supper’ 1991
The Supper 1991
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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 took her own life in 1999 with a fatal shot to the head. In 2018, The New York Times published a belated obituary for her.


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