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Lorena Ancona

Born in 1981, Chetumal, Mexico

Lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico

Overview

Mexican artist Lorena Ancona’s practice uses Maya blue pigment as a locus from which to explore historical techniques used in Mesoamerican craft traditions. Maya blue, an azure colour considered the first man-made pigment in the Americas and produced by the Maya and Aztecs, is highly resistant to weathering; early paintings made using the colour have not faded over time. Ancona’s practice seeks to uncover and rearticulate such materialities and traditions, as well as the iconography and symbolis...Read more