Biennale of Sydney

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Puu motoshi, 2020, acrylic on cotton handmade paper, 99.5 x 71 cm. Courtesy the artist and Abra Gallery Caracas. Photograph: Ricardo Gómez-Pérez
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Waimasi, 2020, acrylic on cotton handmade paper, 100 x 72 cm. Courtesy the artist and Abra Gallery Caracas. Photograph: Ricardo Gómez-Pérez.
Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Shereka hemoshi, 2020, acrylic on cotton handmade paper, 99.5 x 70.3 cm. Courtesy the artist and Abra Gallery Caracas. Photograph: Ricardo Gómez-Pérez.

Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe

Born 1971 in Sheroana, Venezuela
Lives in Pori-Pori, Venezuela
Yanomami


Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe is an Indigenous Yanomami artist from Sheroana, a small community of the Upper Orinoco River in the Venezuelan Amazon. Working primarily with drawing and handmade papers crafted from native fibers, he draws from his ancestral knowledge of the signs and symbols of Yanomami culture, and their application in basketry and body painting for ritual ceremonies. While such practices are female in Yanomami culture, he has consciously recovered these motifs to build his visual lexicon. Hakihiiwe’s work is a very personal interpretation of Yanomami tradition and identity; his drawings and paintings speak to his rites and beliefs, observations of the jungle and concern for the ecosystem.