Shirley Villavicencio Pizango. Sunkissed by the moon

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Shirley Villavicencio Pizango, Japan, I love you, 2019

For the first exhibition in Be-Part's new space in Waregem, curator Patrick Ronse invited artist Shirley Villavicencio Pizango (b. 1988, Lima, Peru). Shirley Villavicencio Pizango's paintings seem to balance on the border between drawing and painting. First she draws the outlines of her subject (predominantly portraits or still lifes) with acrylic paint, only to vibrate them quickly but accurately with the brush in vibrant colours. Painting with acrylics allows her to paint in a fast, intuitive way. Some parts of her paintings look unfinished, and if there is any perspective at all, it is distorted. Her style is very recognisable; you feel a close kinship with Matisse and Picasso in it. For the exhibition in Be-Part Waregem's new space, Shirley Villavicencio Pizango has made a selection of works from the past five years. It has become a mix of paintings from private collections and her own collection, as well as some new, never-before-seen works. It is complemented by drawings and some ceramic sculptures by her.

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