2013-14 Davis Gallery Exhibitions
November 8 - December 6, 2013
Opening reception Friday, November 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
My academic training allows me to encompass different pictographical records. Driven by neo-figuration, I've been developing a pictorial language that moves between illustration trends and contemporary pictorial languages. The work reveals my interest in representational classical techniques and a strong influence in magical realism, a Latin American movement very famous in literature and visual art. I have a diverse eye that allows me to be a multifaceted studio artist. Routed by a classical background, and being exposed to dance, theatre, music and performance art gives my work the ability to translate visually the unknown aura of the present action that occurs in performance practices.
Painter, illustrator and printmaker. Born in Longbranch, New Jersey. He studied painting and drawing in the Central High School of Visual Arts in Santurce, Puerto Rico. At the age of 17, he becomes Puerto Rican artist Rafael Trelles' apprentice. After two years in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico he was awarded with a scholarship by the Cátedra Latinoamericana de Artes Plásticas y Música to pursue printmaking methods in the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, La Habana, Cuba. He then moves his career to the Canary Islands and to Barcelona, where he completes his Colorblind series. He was a member of the Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona.
Roberto Silva's academic training allows him to cover different pictographic records. Influenced by neo-figuration, has developed an artistic language that moves between illustration trends and contemporary pictorial languages . His work shows his interest in the classical techniques of representation. In addition he collaborated by illustrating a children book for the Puerto Rican writer Magali Garcia Ramis. He has continued his commitment as an illustrator for the publishing house SM.
His research with the Gesture Drawing allowed him to collaborate with the experimental art group Peregrino in Barcelona. With the support of this group he developed the Drawing Laboratory, and created two main works: Ofelia (2008), and the performance and exhibition of drawings and paintings of Ophelia Interrupted made in 2009, which was selected to
participate in the (BJCEM) Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs of the Méditérinée Europe in Macedonia.
He has exhibited in Puerto Rico, the United States, Cuba, Spain, Norway and Macedonia. He is currently an active member of The Ink Shop Printmaking Center and Olive Press in Ithaca, NY, where he has received accolades for his printmaking production. He was awarded the Khan Family Fellowship for 2011-2012 and a 2012 Painting Fellowship at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY.