Art: Belkis Ayon

There is a reason for everything.  As we journey through life, the experiences that we encounter will either negatively or positively affect us.  But it is up to each person to find inspiration to continue to move forward and become a better, more passionate person as we find our own path to happiness.  As a photographer, I often find inspiration in various aspects of life and art.  

One inspiration that I encountered was through the life and art of Afro-Cuban artist, Belkis Ayon.  Belkis studied at a prestigious intuition and received accolades and recognition for her incredible artwork.  But in spite of her accomplishments, she suffered greatly from depression and eventually took her life.  However, her voice and passion live on today through her works and is still making an impact around the world through museum exhibits. 

The following works may seem haunting and eerie, but she combined Christian beliefs and Abakua (a version of Masonry) to tell her stories.  To learn more about Belkis and her work, click the following link.

Charles Richard