Belkis Ayón studied art since childhood and later completed her bachelor’s degree in engraving at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba (1991). She worked as both an art teacher and a professor. Ayón presented her first solo exhibition when she was twenty years old. During her brief career, she presented numerous exhibitions of her work in Cuba and abroad. Ayón was the recipient of many awards, including: First Prize at the 1st Internationale Grafik Biennale, Maastricht, Holland (1993); and at the Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1997).