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Kohere hena



Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe


1971 –

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Kohere palm leaf
    Media category
    Materials used
    acrylic on handmade paper
    99.0 x 71.3 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe 2020".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Patricia Lucille Bernard Bequest 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe
    Artist information
    Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe is an indigenous Yanomami artist from Sheroana, a small community on the Upper Orinoco River in Venezuela. He began making works on paper in the early 1990s under the direction of Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata. Barbata’s ‘Rainforest Paper Project, Yanomami Owë Mamotima’ was founded to assist the remote community to preserve their own history, recycle waste paper and create an income. Through this initiative Hakihiiwe studied paper making using recycled materials and began working with acrylic paint to document the oral traditions of his community.

    The subject of Hakihiiwe’s delicate line drawings is the Amazon jungle: its animals, insects, plant life, creation stories and spirit world; as well as the symbols and designs used taught to him by his mother. As he remarked to writer and artist, Lauren Moya, “I don’t paint the things I see outside my community or jungle. I don’t invent anything, everything I do is my jungle and what is there.”1

    1. ‘Drawing the Intricate Environment of an Indigenous Venezuelan Community’, by Lauren Moya Ford, 25 October 2021 https://hyperallergic.com/686632/drawing-the-intricate-environment-of-an-indigenous-venezuelan-community/ accessed 14/2/22

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

Other works by Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe

See all 10 works