Born in the emblematic year of 1968, when the world reached boiling point with the defense of new values and habits, Ayrson Heráclito would later put to boil, in new pots, concepts, traditions, and beliefs of Brazilian culture. Immersed in a reality made up of intellectual references from childhood—his mother used to recite poems by Castro Alves—, the artist incorporated fusion, a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the world, and a taste for looking at facts from independent vantage points from an early age. Mixing things up was the rule, rather than the exception. Since always, he drank the sap of African Brazil that features in his works—his father, a black man, was a sergeant with the Military Police. His mother, a supporter of the abolitionist cause, white, was a history teacher.