Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe

Sheroana, Venezuela, 1971

In partnership with ABRA



Hakihiiwe is an indigenous artist from the Yanomami community Pori Pori whose practice spans drawings, monotypes and paintings. Hakihiiwe incorporates in his people’s knowledge repertoire in his works, from the medicinal properties of forest plants to ancestral lore of animals and spirits that inhabit it, shamanic songs and body painting. The artist’s delicate artistic language employs straight lines and organic curves, dots, circles, triangles, zigzags, arches and crosses, all in plant-based paints and Amazonian fiber paper. Heir to a tradition of abstract pictorialism, his practice entertains a constant dialog with amerindian cosmologies.

Among his recent solo exhibitions are
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe: Tudo isso somos nós, MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brazil (2023); Parimi Nahi’ [The eternal house of the shaman], Centro de Arte Los Galapones, Caracas, Venezuela (2022); Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Carpintaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2021) e Urihi teri, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal (2021). He also took part in the group shows Siamo Foresta, Triennale Milano/Fondation Cartier, Milan, Italy (2023); Diagonais, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil (2023) Something Beautiful: Reframing la colección, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA (2023) e Chosen Memories: Contemporary Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift and Beyond, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2023).