Ayrson Heráclito is a visual artist and curator. He completed a Doctorate degree in Communications and Semiotics at the Catholic University (PUC) of São Paulo. He is a Professor of Visual Arts at the Center of Arts and Humanities at the Federal University of the Recôncavo of Bahia (UFRB).
The artist’s works – comprising installation, performance, photography, and audiovisual media – incorporate elements of Afro-Brazilian culture and have been featured in exhibits, festivals, and biennials throughout Brazil as well as in Europe and Africa. In the works of Heraclito are included elements such as palm oil, life in the Brazilian colonial era, jerky, sugar, fish, sperm and blood, body pain, raptures, apartheid and dreams of freedom. His work can be found in collection of the Weltkulturen Museun in Frankfurt, MAR Museu de arte do Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Videobrasil – São Paulo, Raw Material Company – Dakar, Museu Coleção Berardo – Lisbon and in several private collections. He was the head curator of the 3rd Bienal da Bahia in 2014.