Muralist Covers Buildings In Huge Animal Art.
When wandering the dull and repetitive streets of a city, finding a colourful mural is refreshing.
Their colours and imaginations bring life to the most obscure corners of their neighbourhoods.
Argentina’s young artist has received worldwide recognition and has been able to exhibit in a number of countries. Often her large-scale wildlife figures dance in a fantasy-like setting, making Fio Silva stand out. There is no doubt that urban art is at its most transformative peak so far.
The following are Fio’s most impressive works, as well as some insight into her life, work, and birds.
Argentinian artist Fio Silva began painting in the streets about ten years ago, at first sporadically and primarily selling paintings in order to earn some money, but later turning it into a full-time job.
“I love to paint on the streets since a friend gave me some spray paint and we went out to paint with some guys who were doing graffiti and were already painting the street. And I liked the whole experience, sharing that time, getting to know new neighbourhoods, meeting people who walked by and the possibility of drawing on a large scale.”
As you might expect, she spends the majority of her day painting, which is quite physical work. She also works at her painting studio, which she shares with other artists.
As for what artists or painters she admires or is inspired by, Fio says it is difficult to pinpoint just one. She is fond of Herakut, as well as her friend Farid Rueda, with whom she collaborates and learns more about the industry.
Artist Fio Silva
She has become known for her brightly coloured birds in flight.
“I love painting birds and I have no idea why. To tell the truth, I like to spend time painting trying to express the idea of movement or strength.”
Several years ago, she became fascinated by birds by observing their behaviour.
“I like to create a painting where, although it is understood that it is a bird or several, it also has something dreamlike or fantasy, and in my case, painting is something therapeutic as well and I like to do something that takes me out of every day or from literally reproducing what I see,” Fio explained the reoccurring bird figure in her art.
“We should ‘recover’ the natural, to have a greater sense of curiosity about the environment, and should question ourselves about it,” says the artist when discussing the incorporation of natural environments in the urban space.
There is a lot of gray in cities, including buildings, homes, factories, etc., and nature largely provides this break. Truthfully, I don’t intend to paint landscapes, but rather organic figures that express something alive.
Sometimes, I like to intervene in a place where there are wild plants and animals that I can intertwine with.