Aycoobo (Nonuya, born in 1967, La Chorrera, Colombia; lives in Bogotá, Colombia), formerly Wilson Rodríguez, carries forth botanical knowledge from the Amazon jungle of Colombia, transmitted by his father Abel. His artistic practice embraces the relationship between humans and the invisible world and the use of medicinal plants to expand perception. For Aycoobo, who has been receiving ancestral knowledge all his life, art is a way to hone his ancient roots and his life as an individual in the contemporary world.
Aycoobo is the recipient of the Toronto Biennial of Art’s 2022 Emerging Artist Prize, awarded to acknowledge a promising, early-career Biennial artist.
Location: Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto
Aycoobo, also known as Wilson Rodríguez, is a Nonuya Indigenous artist whose work is an extension of his father Abel’s botanical knowledge of the Colombian Amazon jungle. His practice is distinguished, however, by its embrace of elements beyond the medicinal and practical uses of plants—in particular, the relationship between humans…