Shirley Villavicencio Pizango

Age: 29
Location: Ghent
Instagram: shurleey

Shirley Villavicencio Pizango is what may be called a multifaceted artist. Passionate about painting portraits and an art teacher for children on the side, she invests a lot of her time and energy into meeting new people who will trigger a unique, moving inspiration for her portraits. As an amateur potter, she also strives to combine her passions, and plans on moving to Japan for a month to take her first steps in applied arts. Her inspirations include Frida Kahlo and Picasso, but there’s nothing like positive energy to keep her going through her projects; because things aren’t always easy and can take some time, patience is a really important quality.

You will always find someone who likes your work or feels a connection with it, and that’s the most beautiful thing.

Shirley Villavicencio

Can you briefly explain your activities?
I’m a painter and I teach art to children. Next to painting, I also make pottery and in my free time I follow Japanese lessons. In order to make my paintings, I take analog pictures. But I really love it when my models pose for me.

How did begin doing your thing?
I’ve finished my masters degree in fine arts, more specifically in illustration. After a while, I discovered that my real passion lies in painting, especially in portraits. People really fascinate me, specifically how unique each person is. I wanted to show this uniqueness in my paintings. I love traveling and meeting people with a different background than me. I try to paint situations that really move me.

What are you working on for the near future?
I’m planning to move to Japan for a month or so to search for more inspiration, especially new painting techniques. I would like to integrate my art in pottery and set my first steps in applied arts.

Who or what are your role models/inspirations?
Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Gauguin and Matisse – but especially Frida.

What’s your motto/mantra/idea that keeps you going?

What advice/lessons would you share with another young person in your field?
It’s okay to fail. Patience is really important, you will always find someone who likes your work or will feel a connection with it. You can touch people with your work and in the end that’s the most beautiful thing.