Pre-Columbian art refers to the Visual arts of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, North, Central and South Americas to the end of the 15th and early 16th century, and the period marked by the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.
Pre-Columbian art thrived throughout the Americas since at least 13 000 BCE for the European conquests and sometimes continued for some time thereafter. Many pre-Columbian cultures have no systems, write therefore visual art expresses cosmologies, worldviews, religion, and the philosophy of these cultures, as well as serve as a mnemonic devices.
During the period before and after exploration by Europeans and colonization of the Americas, indigenous native cultures produced a wide variety of Visual arts, including painting on textiles, leathers, rock and cave, body especially the faces, ceramics, architectural elements, including the inside of the wall paintings, wooden panels and other available surfaces. Unfortunately, many of the perishable, such as woven textiles, in general have not been preserved, but surface pre-Columbian painting on ceramics, walls and rocks have survived more frequently.